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Helpful Puppy Tips

Please take a few moments to read the following tips and information concerning your new puppy. They are fairly simple and can save an expensive trip to the vet, or even your puppies life. Remember, I am always here to help you with your new puppy day or night, but taking the time to learn and understand your puppies needs is critical. Please never hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns you may have.

  1. Hypoglycemia in a Yorkie puppy is very serious! You must be aware of what hypoglycemia is, the signs of it, and how to prevent it. Please read my page on Hypoglycemia for detailed information. When a puppy goes to a new home they can experience stress during their adjustment period, and just like people they don't want to eat. In a very short period of time a Yorkies sugar can drop, they become lethargic, may possibly have a seizure and can die. There is no reason this should happen as hypoglycemia is preventable!
  2. NEVER attach a leash to a collar!! Harness only! Putting a collar on your Yorkie or Shih Tzu for "decorative fashion" or ID purposes is okay, but do NOT ever attach a leash to a collar. Always use a body harness. Your puppy has a very delicate trachea and the pulling and pressure from a traditional collar against their windpipe can contribute to trachea collapse.
  3. Yorkshire Terriers and Shih Tzus are prone to dental problems and retained teeth. Brushing your puppy's teeth at least 2 times a week will do wonders. A finger toothbrush works great. You just slip it on your finger and can easily control how much pressure you apply. Start brushing your puppy's teeth when they are a baby so they are comfortable with it. If your puppy just does not want their teeth brushed try letting them chew on the toothbrush bristles with a little doggy toothpaste on it. It will help clean their teeth and maybe down the road your puppy will be a little more open to having their teeth brushed. Holding them down and forcing them is not a good idea! They will hate it and associate the toothbrush with a negative experience.
  4. No pork for your Yorkie! Yorkshire Terriers are prone to pancreatitis and pork is just to rich for them. For a treat, a tiny amount of skinless, plain baked chicken breast is okay. Just make sure you tear it up into tiny pieces so your puppy does not choke.
  5. Say NO to Greenie chews! I cannot even begin to stress how dangerous these are to toy breed dogs. Greenies are well known for blocking a Yorkie puppies intestines, resulting in a very expensive surgery or even death!
  6. Honey-Nut Cheerios or Peanut Butter Cheerios are wonderful for a puppy to snack on. They love them plus the sugar helps keep their blood sugar up and prevents hypoglycemia.
  7. If your puppy is a picky eater and is not eating their kibble, try sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese on top. This almost always works and your puppy should eat with no problems.