Yorkshire terrier puppies are to die for, and if you’ve just brought home a bundle of joy, you’re in for a treat. Knowing how to care for your Yorkie will make the transition smooth and effortless. The Yorkie Times wants to discuss some proper steps and things you should consider when learning how to care for your Yorkie.
The Yorkshire Terrier’s vivacity, intelligence, and affectionate nature are renowned, but as in the case of any dog, bringing up just one or more Yorkshire terrier puppies is no walk in the park. Having a plan of action and idea for caring for your Yorkie will ensure your friend a happy and healthy life.
Finding a Vet
The moment you bring home your lovable posse of Yorkshire terrier puppies, ensure that you first take them to an experienced, qualified veterinarian for a health checkup. This is because there have been many instances where new puppy owners have brought home sick puppies that are given by breeders who either didn’t care enough for them or ignored their well-being, as well as that of their mother. Therefore, make certain that your Yorkshire terrier puppies are healthy before you set out to make them part of your family.
Many health conditions are much easier to manage early on. These can be genetic or acquired health issues. Choose a reputable vet in your area and build a relationship with them. Keeping the same vet throughout your dog’s life allows them to get to know your pup and keep better records of their health. Proper health checkups increase the life expectancy of your furry friend.
Vaccines are crucial to keeping your pet safe and healthy. Early on, there is an increase of vaccines for puppies that eventually turn into yearly requirements. These are not only important for your dog’s health but are necessary for some dog parks, groomers, and boarding services.
You must vaccinate your Yorkshire terrier puppies once every 21 days till they are about 4 months of age, after which they can be given shots on an annual basis. Consult your veterinarian about the frequency of these vaccinations and follow his/her instructions.
The transition from leaving their ‘comfort zone’ to moving into a new home is not easy on Yorkshire terrier puppies and could prove stressful for them. For this reason, you must make it a point to watch out for both obvious and not-so-obvious signs of anxiety or tension. Work to build a relationship with your dog. A Yorkshire Terrier’s activity levels are infamous. Giving them a safe outlet for this energy through training with positive reinforcement. This physical and mental stimulation will reduce the stress of your pup day by day.
On the same note, do give them time to adjust to their surroundings, which may take a few weeks considering they have to get used to living without their mother. They are most likely to be confused and frightened during this phase, and it is your duty as their owner to look after them as you would with your own child. Also, don’t take them out right away; do so only once they have adapted to their immediate environment and are taking to people slowly.
Pay Attention to Your Pup
You must watch out for signs like lack of adequate rest, poor appetite, and lack of warmth (to the touch) in your Yorkshire terrier puppies, as these can be signs of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Such a condition can prove devastating and tends to surface around the time they are almost 3 months old, so remain watchful and give them immediate veterinary care if you notice anything untoward. Also, alert your vet if any or all of your puppies seem dull or listless and weak during their waking hours.
You also need to watch your Yorkshire terrier puppies’ stools. Stool composition and appearance are one of the most obvious parameters of a dog’s health, so you need to ensure that your puppies pass firm, brown stools. Anything different should be a cause for concern and warrants a trip to the vet.
Those adorable silky coats do not come naturally. Yorkshire Terriers have a unique coat that resembles human hair. Unlike most dog breeds, Yorkies do not have undercoats or shed. Their wiry hair is with them from the day they are born. Yorkies require regular haircuts and frequent brushing to prevent tangling. You can work with your dog to desensitize them to bathing and grooming. Some owners opt to take their pets to professional groomers and treat their dogs to a spa day.
Dental care is an important part of a dog’s life. Getting them used to this early on will make life much easier as they age. Daily brushing prevents tooth decay and tooth loss. Proper care of your Yorkshire Terrier’s teeth will make them last longer and stronger. Dental surgery for animals can be very expensive. Do not overlook this simple part of caring for your Yorkie.
When it comes to food, try to avoid giving canned food to your Yorkshire terrier puppies. This breed isn’t a big eater, so it’s important to give your little ones wholesome, nutritious food. Like any animal, avoid human food at all costs.
Yorkie puppies are a lot of fun, but also a big responsibility. The Yorkie Times hopes this article helps you in your new adventure with your Yorkshire Terrier. Feel free to check out the rest of our blogs for any more Yorkie-specific topics. For any questions, contact us or follow our socials to join our ever-growing community.