Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care
Offering love and attention is the simplest part of taking care of your Yorkie puppy. 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, this has to come with water too. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.
Needless to say, food needs to be in premium quality and made for the special needs of 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 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.
Best of Health
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. 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 most other common puppy illnesses at bay. They must also be immunized against rabies the moment they reach the age of 16 weeks.
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. Small kids’ toys, loose buttons, and the like can also pose a choking hazard.
Even human food can pose diarrhea or vomiting risks. 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. Brushing regularly is necessary, and the fur surrounding the genitals must be clipped in order to keep them clean. Toenails also need regular clipping to keep them from getting tangled in the fur, and from scratching surfaces, including you.
Lastly, though Yorkie puppies thrive on a human’s love and attention, you need to learn to say “no” to negative behaviors while they’re young. They may not get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.