A call, text or quick email to let me know that your puppy arrived safely would be appreciated as I spend many hours raising these babies and just want to know they're safe. Place the puppy in a playpen or crate several times a day so it may rest, eat and drink in peace. Puppies are still babies and cannot play without a break. They may cry, whimper or bark at first, but there will be times when you must confine them for various reasons, and naptime is a good time to train them for this. You should provide a pet kennel, cage or playpen for your puppy to nap in. Also, when traveling with your pet, always confine them in a kennel/cage. You don’t want to lose the new addition to your family due to a sudden stop or accident.
Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian within the time frame stated in your Puppy Contract. This is a precautionary physical to ensure that your puppy is in good health. Remember to take your puppy’s Health Record with you. Until your puppy’s immunizations are complete, keep them off the ground, including the floor at your veterinarian’s office, and away from other dogs. This also means restricting anyone from petting your puppy. I cannot stress enough how deadly Canine Parvovirus is, or how easily it may be contracted.
Training should start immediately. If you want a well mannered pet, you must set the ground rules as soon as you get home. The more time you spend training your dog, the smarter they will become. The most important thing is to give your new pet a lot of love and attention! And remember to keep in touch, as I enjoy hearing how my babies are doing... I adore photos!!
The diet of a yorkie puppy should consist of a premium dry food made specifically for the growing stage. This is definitely not the area to cut corners as it will reflect on the puppy’s health right into adulthood. You don’t need your puppy to have deficiencies from the start, this could cause weak muscle tone and the skeletal system not to develop properly. Become a label reader for your puppy, make sure the ingredients are USDA inspected and not the refuse of contaminated sources. The internet is a great place to locate information about the pet food industry, utilize it. Also note Hypoglycemia below. I leave my puppy dry food available at all times. If you’re giving your puppy milk bone treats, one of them is like a meal, so you can’t expect them to also eat a full ration of dry at the same time. Keep treats to a minimum, remembering that for your Yorkie’s size, a tablespoon of something is a good sized treat. Treats will throw off the balanced diet that they need and should be getting from their dry food. I do not recommend feeding your yorkie table scraps as they may not be beneficial for it's health and shorten their life span.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can be caused by stress, improper diet or a missed meal, being chilled, or too much energy used playing too long at one time. Puppies are usually affected at 6 to 12 weeks. The liver stores energy, but in a small puppy, it cannot store enough for long periods, especially with additional stress factors. Signs of Hypoglycemia can be as slight as a depressed attitude or as serious as finding your puppy in a coma. Some symptoms are lack of energy, stumbling, weakness, or seizure. Treatment can be as simple as giving a small amount of Karo Syrup for a mild case, to a Dextrose solution given intravenously by your veterinarian in more serious cases. If you suspect this condition, consult with your veterinarian, even for a mild case, after administering Karo Syrup. Repeated episodes can lead to further and more severe complications.
Yorkies can be difficult to potty train. The kidneys are not fully developed in a young dog, so don’t expect too much from them until around 5-6 months of age. They can be trained prior to that age, but it takes constant supervision. It is important not to let the puppy have full range of the home at first. Gate off areas, if possible and pick up any rugs. In the area where you are keeping your puppy, either place papers or the plastic-backed pads. Take your puppy out often, especially right after eating, not waiting more than 10 minutes. After they have relieved themselves, praise them. There is also a crate method of training, which is highly recommended. Your puppy should always be crated when left alone at home, for it's safety!
Sickness and Allergies
You should monitor your puppy closely for any signs that there may be something wrong. The eyes won’t be bright and alert and the ears may droop or be held back closer to the head. Dehydration is visible as the skin on the back of the neck will stand when picked up and the gums will look dry. Also, you need to learn how to take your puppy’s temperature. Most dogs are 101 to 101.5, 102 to 103 isn’t that abnormal and can actually be caused by stress. In case of diarrhea or vomiting, note the consistency, color and smell. Dogs also develop allergies to contact materials, foods, and insect bites. If your dog begins experiencing labored breathing, uncontrollable rubbing and reddened or swollen skin, it may be having an allergic reaction. Treatment should be provided immediately!
Yorkies have a tendency to retain their puppy teeth, especially the canines. At around 5 months of age, you should start to watch the teeth closely, a perfect bite may go off in a matter of days. You may not feel it’s important for a correct scissors bite, but this is the first step of the digestion process, thus proper chewing is important. The other factor is that the proper bite stays cleaner, while overlapping or misaligned teeth are a good source for bacteria and tartar to build rapidly. Your vet may have to remove some of the baby teeth.
There are many changes occurring with regards to vaccination schedules. Consult with your veterinarian to determine their recommended vaccination schedule and follow it explicitly. The type of vaccinations your puppy receives may be determined by your life style, the area you reside in, your veterinarian’s beliefs, and many other factors. Discuss any concerns you may have with your veterinarian.
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