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 important considerations to make as you nurture your Yorkie pup:
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. 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. While your puppy is small, he is growing fast and thus requires the right nutrition for proper development of muscles and bones. 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.
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. 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 puppies illness-free. They must also be immunized against rabies the moment they reach the age of 16 weeks.
Yorkie puppies like to act tough, but they are actually very prone to injuries when left to themselves. 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 pose diarrhea or vomiting risks. And watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).
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. Regular brushing is a must, but the fur around the genitals has to be clipped to maintain cleanliness. 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. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.