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Basics of Caring for Your Yorkie Puppy
Offering love and attention is the simplest part of taking care of your 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 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, until their first 3 to 4 months of life, they should have a constant supply of food available. Of course, water should be just as available. On their third month, feedings should be given on a regular schedule, where at least three small meals are provided on a daily basis.
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
Their small size and rapid growth rate together make Yorkie puppies vulnerable to hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health threats to this puppy breed. 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 also have to be immunized against rabies as soon as they reach 16 weeks.
They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. Falls from beds or couches or even jumps, can be traumatic to their developing muscles and tendons. 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
All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. 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.
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. They may not get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.