The size of a smaller dog generally dictates what they should be getting from their diet and what nutrients are essential to keep them at their healthiest. This is why adding wet dog food can sometimes be the better option for smaller breeds, as wet formulas can give them the added moisture they need to prevent urinary issues developing and is more appealing to fussy eaters.
How are small dogs different from bigger dogs?
Small dogs not only differ in size, but their small frames mean they need different nutrition from their diets. Smaller dogs require proportionately more energy than larger breeds and need twice as many calories per bite to sustain their energy levels. This is because they have a much higher metabolic rate, and so need a calorie-dense meal to keep them going. Some smaller breeds can also have a tendency to pack on the pounds so be mindful that while it’s still important your dog is getting enough calories to maintain their energy level, a watchful eye should be placed on their eating habits to avoid them gaining excess weight. Small breed dogs tend to also experience more dental issues than larger dogs because of their small jaws with crowded teeth. On top of this, urinary issues are also a small dog problem so a healthy water intake helps promote good urinary health.
What they need from their diet
Protein is not only important to assist in energy levels, but it’s also needed to help support the hard-working muscles of small dogs, especially in the case of very active dogs and growing puppies. Protein is supplied in higher quality wet foods by using highly digestible meat as their core ingredient. As small dogs are more prone to developing dental problems, feeding them a wet food, like Eukanuba™, that has sodium polyphosphates to help bind calcium in their saliva, can help prevent tartar buildup. To manage and prevent their predisposition to urinary problems, the added moisture content in wet food means that their urine is better diluted. This helps decrease the likelihood of crystals forming and also encourages regular bladder flush outs.
Why adding in a wet food can be beneficial for small dogs
Nutrients aside, wet food also has many other benefits that can make this diet a favourable option for small dog owners. The smooth texture of wet food allows small dogs that have a hard time chewing bigger kibble to better cope at mealtimes, as their smaller mouths find it easier to grasp and chew. The meaty texture and the fact that wet food gives off an appetising smell can mean small dogs are more likely to be tempted. Small dogs are a lot of dog in a small package and need a diet that best suits their needs. Simply feeding a home cooked diet might not provide the right combination of nutritional support, which is why it's worth looking into a high-quality wet diet that takes into account all their internal needs. Take a look at our range of Eukanuba™ wet food diets that come in many different
Small dogs are a lot of dog in a small package and need a diet that best suits their needs. Simply feeding a home cooked diet might not provide the right combination of nutritional support, which is why it's worth looking into a high-quality wet diet that takes into account all their internal needs. Take a look at our range of Eukanuba™ wet food diets that come in many different flavours to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. If you are unsure about what food is best for your small dog, check in with your vet to discuss the options available.