Yorkshire Terrier Helpful Tips Health and Information!
Please Read!!!! This is very important!!! 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 experience stress during their adjustment period. Just like when people stress they don't want to eat. Some symptoms are: *Fant * Lethargy * Loss of Appetite * Puppy's gums turn white * Vomiting * Wobbly /Dizzy Puppy * Disorientation * Loss of consciousness * Trembling seizers or Shaking (often mistaken as a cold or nervousness)
What causes low blood sugar? Hypoglycemia most readily occurs in puppies under the age of 6 months of age though it is not unheard of in older dogs. It seems to be related to the smaller size toy breeds lacking glucose while they are not yet full grown. The threat usually resolves as the dog matures. Your puppy's blood sugar level can drop for many reasons. It can be caused by a stressful situation by shipping, or a missed meal, being chilled, or even exhaustion from too much play. Puppy hypoglycemia can usually be overcome by feeding frequent meals, since Yorkies cannot eat a lot at one time. They literally run out of fuel quickly! Honey is an alternative in keeping their sugar level up when they ‘re stressed or simply envolved in too much activity. When you first get your puppy make sure you give them honey morning and night for the first week. After the first week give it once a day until puppy is 6 months old. Also 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. There is no reason this should happen, hypoglycemia is preventable!
2. Vaccinations: 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 vaccinations, 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’s hard to not show off your new yorkie puppy, but it can cost them their lives from the lack of precaution. If you absolutely insist on taking your puppy out, DO NOT let their feet touch the ground for any reason. Not even to go potty! It is that serious for your Yorky’s 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. NO collars: 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: Helps their digestive system. Great for upset stomachs. NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETER, Sugar substitute can be deadly to a yorkie puppy.
5. Regular Dental Hygiene: 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 the pet store 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. Don't Hold them down or forcing them, they will hate it and associate the toothbrush with a negative experience.
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. Dangers for Yorkies: 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. Yorkie Puppies my look like toys but they are very fragile. They have little bodies and tiny bones that can easy brake, especially teacups. They all require a lot of extra care. With children they can be in great danger, young children often can be to ruff wanting to hug and squeeze or kick these little guys. They can also be easily dropped and suffer broken bones or fatal injury that causes heart brake so please be very very careful. Households with children should be 7 years & up and very responsible.
8. Say NO to any Green chews. These 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!
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