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 key considerations for nurturing a Yorkie puppy through his growing years:
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, water should be just as available. On their third month, feedings should be given on a regular schedule, where at least three small meals are provided on a daily basis.
Goes without saying that food must be top quality and made particularly for puppies. 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 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.
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. 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 may also help prevent other ailments that usually affect puppies. They also have to be immunized against rabies as soon as they reach 16 weeks.
Yorkie puppies like to act tough, but they are actually very prone to injuries when left to themselves. 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 if possible, keep those electrical cords – a classing chewing temptation for Yorkie pups (and all pups out there).
Grooming the Yorkie
That thick, fluffy fur sure makes Yorkie puppies incredibly cute, but it also makes them more needy in terms of 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.