How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
Providing love and attention is the convenient part of having for a Yorkie puppy. Now, though hardly as frail as they usually seem, young Yorkies need all the special care in the world in order to become cheerful, well-behaved and healthy adult canines.
Here are the main considerations you need to make as you help your Yorkie pup through his growth:
Good 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, this has to come with water too. On their third month, feedings should be given on a regular schedule, where at least three small meals are provided on a daily basis.
That goes without saying that food has to be superior quality and prepared specifically for young dogs. While your puppy is small, he is growing fast and thus requires the right nutrition for proper development of muscles and bones. Dry food works best to make his teeth stronger and keep diarrhea at bay, although a little canned food with dry food should be fine.
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. Constant feedings help prevent this, plus some sweet syrup or sugar bar to rub on the puppy’s gums during emergencies.
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 like acting tough, but Yorkie puppies can actually get hurt very easily if left on their own. Falls from beds or couches or even jumps, can be traumatic to their developing muscles and tendons. 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 soft, fluffy pile of fur makes any Yorkie puppy adorable, but it also means you have to give the pup some extra grooming care. Brushing regularly is necessary, and the fur surrounding the genitals must be clipped in order to keep them 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.