Is there a big difference in the health needs of toy breeds and large breeds?
Mikki C., New York
There are certainly differences in large and small dogs’ needs. The small dog needs to have its blood sugar levels monitored. I advise you put one teaspoon of Kayo syrup in each cup of drinking water for a toy dog, They seem to deplete their glucose levels rather easily if they are very active or if children play with them a lot. Smaller dogs need more protection from the cold than large dogs. And a more concentrated food (higher protein) is good to keep the caloric count up. Often small dogs only eat a small amount. It must be the highest quality food available, i.e., and Eukanuba puppy food. Female small breeds should be supplanted with some calcium, but no phosphorus — otherwise a calcium deficiency may occur and the dog will go into convulsions and possibly die. You should be aware of this possibility during the nursing period of a brood female. Larger breeds have the advantage. When a large breed is growing the food should not be over 24-25% protein — otherwise wrist joint problems can occur and the dog may become crippled. They should be supplemented during growth. Otherwise their needs are simply good food, good housing, and a lot of love for both size dogs.
Chuck Kruger DVM