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How to Care for a 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 key considerations for nurturing a Yorkie puppy through his growing years:

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 has to come with water too. 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 works best to make his teeth stronger and keep diarrhea at bay, although a little canned food with dry food should be fine.

Optimal 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. Regular feedings will help prevent this scenario, along with some type of sugar bar or sweet syrup that can be rubbed onto the pup’s gums when an emergency strikes.

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.

Safety

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. 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 keep an eye on those electrical cords, which will always be tempting for Yorkie pups (and basically all kinds of pups).

Good Grooming

All that fluffy fur makes Yorkie puppies extremely cute, but it also means they need a bit more grooming than usual. Regular brushing is a must, but the fur around the genitals has to be clipped to maintain cleanliness. Toenails must also be clipped ever so often so they don’t get tangled in the fur and you don’t get scratched.

Instilling Discipline

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 understand thiswhile they’re puppies, but they will catch on in time.

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