How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
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 the main considerations you need to make as you help your Yorkie pup through his growth:
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 they reach 3 or 4 months old, they need to have have food available round the clock. Of course, this should come with water as well. As the puppy enters their third month, feedings should be done on a regular schedule, with no less than three small meals everyday.
Goes without saying that food must be top quality and made particularly for puppies. Your puppy may be tiny, but he is growing at a quick pace and will thus need good nutrition to support bone and muscle development. Dry food is best for making his teeth stronger and for avoiding diarrhea, though a bit of canned food given with dry food should be okay.
Due to their rapid growth and miniature size, Yorkie puppies can easily develop hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health dangers these puppies face. This can be prevented by frequent feedings or, in an emergency, by rubbing the puppy’s gums with some sugar bar or sweet syrup.
Vaccinations will also help keep puppies illness-free. They also have to be immunized against rabies as soon as they reach 16 weeks.
They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. When they falls from couches or beds, or even when they intentionally jump, their growing muscles and tendons can be traumatized. They also face the risk of choking when playing with small buttons, rawhide chews and the like.
Even human food can cause diarrhea or vomiting. And keep an eye on those electrical cords, which will always be tempting for Yorkie pups (and basically all kinds of pups).
All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. Regular brushing is important, while the fur around the pup’s genitals needs to be clipped to keep it clean. Toenails must also be clipped ever so often so they don’t get tangled in the fur and you don’t get scratched.
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.