How to Care for a Yorkie Puppy
When you have a Yorkie puppy, showering them with love and attention is the easiest part. Now, although they’re not quite as sensitive as they look , young Yorkies require tender loving care so they grow up into lighthearted, healthy and disciplined dogs.
Here are the main considerations you need to make as you help your Yorkie pup through his growth:
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. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.
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 works best to make his teeth stronger and keep diarrhea at bay, although a little canned food with dry food should be fine.
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 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. Falling from couches and beds or even intentional jumps can be too much for their growing tendons and muscles. They also face the risk of choking when playing with small buttons, rawhide chews and the like.
Even human food can pose diarrhea or vomiting risks. And if possible, keep those electrical cords – a classing chewing temptation for Yorkie pups (and all pups out there).
Grooming the Yorkie
That thick, fluffy fur sure makes Yorkie puppies incredibly cute, but it also makes them more needy in terms of grooming care. 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, while Yorkie puppies need all the love and attention they can get, you have to learn to say “no” to unwelcome behaviors right from the beginning. Thesepuppies may not understand what you’re doing, but eventually, they will.