Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care
When you have a Yorkie puppy, showering them with love and attention is the easiest part. Now, while not quite as delicate as they seem to be, young Yorkies call for special care as they grow up and hopefully become beaming, disciplined and healthy adult dogs.
Here are important considerations to make as you nurture your Yorkie pup:
Proper Nutrition and Hydration
First off, growing Yorkie pups need lots of food!First and foremost, growing Yorkies need quite an amount of food!First of all, growing Yorkie puppies should get lots of food! In fact, until their first 3 to 4 months of life, they should have a constant supply of food available. Of course, water should be just as available. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.
That goes without saying that food has to be superior quality and prepared specifically for young dogs. Although your puppy is small, he is growing rapidly and therefore needs proper nutrition to allow his muscles and bones to grow properly as well. Dry food is ideal for strengthening his teeth and preventing diarrhea, although a tiny amount of canned treats are fine as long as it is combined with dry food.
Because of their miniature size and rapid development, Yorkie puppies are highly prone to hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, one of the most significant health threats faced by these young canines. Regular feedings will help prevent this scenario, along with some type of sugar bar or sweet syrup that can be rubbed onto the pup’s gums when an emergency strikes.
Vaccinations will also help keep most other common puppy illnesses at bay. They should also be given immunizations as soon as they enter their 16th week of life.
They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. Falling from couches and beds or even intentional jumps can be too much for their growing tendons and muscles. They may also choke on rawhide chews, thread on stuffed toys, small buttons and the like.
Even human food can cause diarrhea or vomiting. And watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).
Grooming the Yorkie
That thick, fluffy fur sure makes Yorkie puppies incredibly cute, but it also makes them more needy in terms of grooming care. Regular brushing is important, while the fur around the pup’s genitals needs to be clipped to keep it clean. Toenails also need regular clipping to keep them from getting tangled in the fur, and from scratching surfaces, including you.
Finally, even though Yorkie puppies live on love and attention, you should learn to say “no” to any unwanted behaviors right when they’re young. They may not understand thiswhile they’re puppies, but they will catch on in time.