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Basics of Caring for Your Yorkie Puppy
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 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 they reach 3 or 4 months old, they need to have have food available round the clock. 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. 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 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.
Due to their rapid growth and miniature size, Yorkie puppies can easily develop hypoglycemia, or low blood-sugar, which is actually one of the biggest health dangers these puppies face. 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 should also be given immunizations as soon as they enter their 16th week of life.
Yorkie puppies like to act tough, but they are actually very prone to injuries when left to themselves. Falling from couches and beds or even intentional jumps can be too much for their growing tendons and muscles. They may also choke on rawhide chews, thread on stuffed toys, small buttons and the like.
Even human food can pose diarrhea or vomiting risks. And watch out for those electrical cords, which are always a chewing temptation for young Yorkies (and all kinds of puppies actually).
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, even though Yorkie puppies live on love and attention, you should learn to say “no” to any unwanted behaviors right when they’re young. They may not get it at first, but surely, they will as they grow older.
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