Tips and Tricks for Yorkie Puppy Care
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:
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, they should have food available at all times until their 3rd or 4th month. Of course, water should be just as available. 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. 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 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
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. Constant feedings help prevent this, plus some sweet syrup or sugar bar to rub on the puppy’s gums during emergencies.
Vaccinations may also help prevent other ailments that usually affect puppies. They should also be given immunizations as soon as they enter their 16th week of life.
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 bits of human food on the kitchen floor can be a cause of diarrhea or vomiting. And watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).
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 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.
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