Basics of Caring for Your 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:
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, this has to come with water too. 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. 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 best for making his teeth stronger and for avoiding diarrhea, though a bit of canned food given with dry food should be okay.
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 must also be immunized against rabies the moment they reach the age of 16 weeks.
Yorkie puppies like to act tough, but they are actually very prone to injuries when left to themselves. 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 bits of human food on the kitchen floor can be a cause of diarrhea or vomiting. And keep an eye on those electrical cords, which will always be tempting for Yorkie pups (and basically all kinds of pups).
All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. Regular brushing is a must, but the fur around the genitals has to be clipped to maintain cleanliness. Toenails should also be clipped so they don’t get tangled in the fur or scratch you.
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 get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.