Getting To The Point – Dogs
Basics of Caring for Your Yorkie Puppy
Providing love and attention is the convenient part of having for a 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 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 their first 3 to 4 months of life, they should have a constant supply of food available. Of course, this should come with water as well. As the puppy enters their third month, feedings should be done on a regular schedule, with no less than three small meals everyday.
That goes without saying that food has to be superior quality and prepared specifically for young dogs. 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.
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 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. Falling from couches and beds or even intentional jumps can be too much for their growing tendons and muscles. Small kids’ toys, loose buttons, and the like can also pose a choking hazard.
Even human food can cause 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. Brushing regularly is necessary, and the fur surrounding the genitals must be clipped in order to keep them clean. Toenails must also be clipped ever so often so they don’t get tangled in the fur and you don’t get scratched.
Lastly, though Yorkie puppies thrive on a human’s love and attention, you need to learn to say “no” to negative behaviors while they’re young. They may not understand thiswhile they’re puppies, but they will catch on in time.
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