Please take a few moments to read the following yorkie information and yorkie tips I have provided. They are really simple and can save an expensive trip to the vet, or even save your puppies life. Please pay extra attention to tips 1 and 2! I am a firm believer that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As always, I am here to help you with your yorkie day or night, but taking the time to learn and understand your puppies needs is critical. Please never hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns about you puppy.
1. Hypoglycemia in yorkie puppies is very serious. You must be aware of what hypoglycemia is, the signs of it, and how to prevent it. Please read my page on hypoglycemia for detailed information. When a yorkie goes to a new home they can experiance stress during their adjustment period. Just like when people stress they don't want to eat. In a very short period of time the yorkies sugar can drop, they become lethargic, may possibly have a seizure and can die. There is no reason this should happen, hypoglycemia is preventable!
2. A yorkie puppy is so susceptible to disease and Parvo until 2 full weeks AFTER their last round of vaccinations. Just because your yorkie puppy had their final vaccination, does NOT mean they are fully protected. I highly recommend not taking your new yorkie puppy out of the house until 14 days after their last vaccine. I know it is so hard to not show off your new yorkie puppy, but it can cost them their life!
If you absolutely insist on taking your Yorkshire terrier puppy out, DO NOT let their feet touch the ground for any reason. Not even to go potty! It is that serious for your Yorkshire terriers health. Keep a pee pad with you and let your puppy pee on the pad in your car if you must. Make sure to keep your puppy in your purse or arms at all times if you take them out of the house before they are fully vaccinated.
3. Never use a collar on your yorkie puppy, always use a body harness. Yorkies have very delicate trachea's and the pulling and pressure from a traditional collar against their windpipe can contribute to trachea collapse. A body harness is also a good idea so you can pull your tiny yorkie to safety if needed. Yorkies do not know they are a tiny dogs and will confront a large aggressive dog with no fear at all. The last thing you want is for your yorkie baby to end up in the jaws of another dog.
4. Plain vanilla yogurt is great for Yorkshire Terriers (yorkies) digestive system. If your yorkies tummy is upset and your yorkie puppy ever throws up, give your yorkie a little bit of yogurt to help restore the natural, good bacteria in their digestive track. Please make sure the yogurt contains NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETER. This is generally found in diet and low calorie yogurt. Sugar substitute can be deadly to a yorkie puppy.
5. Yorkshire terriers (yorkies) are prone to dental problems and retained teeth. Teacup yorkie puppies are at even a increased risk for retained baby teeth. Brushing your Yorkshire terrier puppies teeth at least 2x a week will do wonders. A finger toothbrush from Petco works great. You just slip it on your finger and can easily control how much pressure you apply. Start brushing your yorkies teeth when they are a baby so they are comfortable with it. If your yorkie just do not want their teeth brushed (like my Butters) try letting them chew on the toothbrush bristles with a little doggy toothpaste on it. It will help clean their teeth and maybe down the road your puppy will be a little more open to having their teeth brushed. Holding them down and forcing them is not a good idea! They will hate it and associate the toothbrush with a negative experiance.
6. No pork for your yorkie! Yorkshire terriers are prone to pancreatitis and pork is just to rich for them. For a treat, a tiny amount of skinless, plain baked chicken breast is okay. Just make sure you tear it up into tiny pieces so yorkie puppy does not choke.
7. Yorkshire terriers and especially teacup yorkies, should never, ever jump off the couch or your bed. They can easily fracture their fragile bones. Yorkies can also develop luxating patella (dislocating knee) from jumping off furniture and may end up requiring surgery. Pet steps are available for yorkie if you want your puppy to be able to safely climb on and off beds and couches.
8. Just say NO to Greenie chews. I cannot even begin to stress how dangerous these are to yorkies. Greenies are well known for blocking yorkie puppies intestines, resulting in a very expensive surgery if you are lucky, they most often cause death in your yorkie puppy!
9. Honey-Nut Cheerios are wonderful for your yorkie puppy to snack on! The sugar helps keep their blood sugar up and prevents hypoglycemia in your yorkie. Marshmallows are also great for tiny teacup yorkie puppies to play with. They just love to carry them around and the sugar keeps them from becoming hypoglycemic. I would only try this trick for the first few weeks after bringing your yorkie to their new home. Too much sugar is not good for your yorkie, but I would definitely rather my puppy have a little sugar rush than to become hypoglycemic.
10. If your Yorkshire terrier is a picky eater and is not eating their kibble, try sprinkling some parmesan cheese on top. This almost always works and your puppy should eat with no problems.
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