Yorkshire Terriers – Dental Health Tips For Your Yorkie

By Connie Ragen Green


Yorkshire terriers can be prone to dental problems. Maintaining your Yorkie’s dental health is important to their overall health and well-being. There are many reasons that these small dogs sometimes end up losing all of their teeth at an early age. It is up to you as a pet owner and lover to care for every aspect of their health. These are some tips on what you can do to insure that your Yorkshire terrier has good dental health.

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  • Look at what you feed your Yorkie every day. If the food is almost all canned, there are bound to be problems at an early age. Instead, try mixing dry and canned food together. Over time you will be able to give less wet food and more dry kibble.
  • Have your veterinarian check your Yorkie’s teeth every year. Ask for their recommendation on how often you should have their teeth cleaned. I have my Yorkie’s teeth cleaned every two years. The vet must put your dog under a general anesthesia in order to do a teeth cleaning, so you may want to wait until they are having another procedure done before you have them cleaned. As dogs get older, the general anesthesia becomes more risky, so you may want to have your dog’s teeth cleaned every three years instead of every two.
  • Give your dogs something hard to chew on. There are many products available online or at your local pet store that will strengthen your Yorkshire terrier’s teeth and gums. Be careful not to give them anything that will break their teeth, whether it is a chew toy or dry food that is too large or too hard for them to break easily.
  • Brush your dog’s teeth at home. There are special brushes and toothpaste that you can easily use at home. Once your Yorkie gets in the routine of doing this, they may even think that it’s a game and have fun.

These are some tips to help you with your Yorkie’s dental health. Tooth loss can lead to infection and malnutrition.

Connie Ragen Green is an official dog lover. To find out more about training small and toy dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese visit Yorkie Times today.

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