How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
When you have a Yorkie puppy, showering them with love and attention is the easiest part. 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 key considerations for nurturing a Yorkie puppy through his growing years:
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 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. As the puppy enters their third month, feedings should be done on a regular schedule, with no less than three small meals everyday.
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.
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 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.
They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. 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 cause diarrhea or vomiting. And if possible, keep those electrical cords – a classing chewing temptation for Yorkie pups (and all pups out there).
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.
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.