of Your Yorkshire Terrier at Home
Much of what you can do to keep your
dog happy and healthy is common sense, just like it is for
people. Watch her diet, make sure she gets plenty of exercise,
regularly brush her teeth and coat, and call us or a pet
emergency hospital when something seems unusual (see “What to
Watch For” below). Be sure to adhere to the schedule of
examinations and vaccinations that we recommend for her. This is
when we’ll give her the necessary “check-ups” and test for
diseases and conditions that are common in Yorkies. Another very
important step in caring for your pet is signing up for pet
health insurance. There will certainly be medical tests and
procedures she will need throughout her life and pet health
insurance will help you cover those costs.
Diet, and Exercise
Build her routine care into your
schedule to help your Yorkie live longer, stay healthier, and be
happier during her lifetime. We cannot overemphasize the
importance of a proper diet and exercise routine.
Supervise your pet as you would a
toddler. Keep doors closed, pick up after yourself, and block
off rooms as necessary. This will keep her out of trouble and
away from objects she shouldn’t put in her mouth.
Daily brushing and regular trimming
is recommended to prevent mats and keep her long coat beautiful.
Yorkshire Terriers often have serious
problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least
three times a week!
Clean her ears weekly, even as a
Highly active indoors, she is well
suited to apartment living and traveling.
She has a tendency to chase small
animals; always leash walk your Yorkie. A harness is
Can be sensitive to cold, so a warm
winter wardrobe is necessary.
Keep your dog’s diet consistent and
don’t give her people food.
Feed a high-quality diet appropriate
for her age.
Exercise your dog regularly, but
don’t overdo it at first.
What to Watch
Any abnormal symptom could be a sign of serious disease or it
could just be a minor or temporary problem. The important thing
is to be able to tell when to seek veterinary help and how
urgently. Many diseases cause dogs to have a characteristic
combination of symptoms, which together can be a clear signal
that your Yorkshire Terrier needs help.
See a doctor
if you notice any of these types of signs:
Change in appetite or water
Tartar build-up, bad breath, red
gums, or broken teeth
Itchy skin (scratching, chewing, or
licking); hair loss
Lethargy, mental dullness, or
Fearfulness, aggression, or other
Drinks and urinates more, eats more;
potbelly, poor haircoat
Slow or stunted growth; sometimes
seizes after eating
Increased hunger and thirst, weight
Seek medical care immediately if you
notice any of these types of signs:
Scratching or shaking the head,
tender ears, or ear discharge
Inability or straining to urinate;
Cloudiness, redness, itching, or any
other abnormality involving the eyes
Coughing, exercise intolerance, rapid
breathing at rest
Leg stiffness; reluctance to rise,
sit, use stairs, run, or jump; “bunny hopping”