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:
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. By their third month, puppy feedings must be scheduled regularly, with a minimum of three small meals daily.
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 ideal for strengthening his teeth and preventing diarrhea, although a tiny amount of canned treats are fine as long as it is combined with dry food.
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. 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 must also be immunized against rabies the moment they reach the age of 16 weeks.
They may act tough, but Yorkie puppies are highly vulnerable to injuries when left unsupervised. When they falls from couches or beds, or even when they intentionally jump, their growing muscles and tendons can be traumatized. Small kids’ toys, loose buttons, and the like can also pose a choking hazard.
Even human food can cause diarrhea or vomiting. And if possible, keep those electrical cords – a classing chewing temptation for Yorkie pups (and all pups out there).
That soft, fluffy pile of fur makes any Yorkie puppy adorable, but it also means you have to give the pup some extra grooming care. Regular brushing is important, while the fur around the pup’s genitals needs to be clipped to keep it clean. 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. They may not get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.