How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
When you have a Yorkie puppy, showering them with love and attention is the easiest part. Now, although they’re not quite as sensitive as they look , young Yorkies require tender loving care so they grow up into lighthearted, healthy and disciplined 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, they should have food available at all times until their 3rd or 4th month. 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.
Goes without saying that food must be top quality and made particularly for puppies. 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 works best to make his teeth stronger and keep diarrhea at bay, although a little canned food with dry food should be fine.
Their small size and rapid growth rate together make Yorkie puppies vulnerable to hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health threats to this puppy breed. 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 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. 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 bits of human food on the kitchen floor can be a cause of 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).
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 should also be clipped so they don’t get tangled in the fur or scratch you.
Finally, while Yorkie puppies need all the love and attention they can get, you have to learn to say “no” to unwelcome behaviors right from the beginning. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.