Animals – Getting Started & Next Steps
How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
Providing love and attention is the convenient part of having for a Yorkie puppy. 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:
Proper 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, water should be just as available. 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.
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. 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 puppies illness-free. 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. 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 watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).
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.
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. They may not get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.