tipping the scales

Keeping your pint-sized pooch in shape is no small task. Toy breed dogs can pack on ounces just like their larger cousins can pack on pounds, so setting up a proper diet is especially key for your little one’s health.

ring the dinner bell: When your toy breed dog is a puppy, he is particularly prone to bouts of low blood sugar. To keep those levels on an even keel, divide her daily rations into 3 – 4 smaller meals. As she gets older, you can cut meal times down to twice a day.

measuring morsels: Dog foods differ in many ways, including formulation. Every container of pet food will have feeding guidelines with serving size suggestions, but remember, these are only a starting point. Watch your pet’s
weight closely and talk to your veterinarian about making adjustments if you spot substantial gain or loss.

counting calories: Not all small breed dogs are created equal when it comes to nutritional needs. Consider your dog’s lifestyle when measuring out his meals. A very active Jack Russell Terrier will likely have a higher metabolism and caloric need than a teacup Yorkie who views the world from her pet parent’s purse for most of the day.
be wise; customize for size: Choose a food that is appropriate for your dog. Puppy food will have more calories than chow for adult pets, for instance. Also consider kibble size — tiny dogs have tiny mouths and might not have an easy time with pieces that are “bite-sized” for larger dogs.