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Yorkshire Terrier Puppy Care Tips

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CARE TIPS

 

Things to do when you pick up your new Yorkshire Terrier puppy at the airport:


1) Outside, on the top of the carrier, you will find we have included a syringe without a needle that contains Nutri-Cal. Put some on your finger about the size of a match top and smear on his tongue.

This will help keep his blood sugar stable.

2) Offer him water after the flight.  (You can do the above, with Nutrical).  You can also use a syringe without a needle and gently squirt a little drink into his mouth to make sure he receives a drink. 

3) Make sure your yorkie is not exposed to extended periods of hot temperatures.  (Do not leave him in the car, or in a hot room).

4) Make sure your yorkie is not exposed to extended periods of cold temperatures.

5)  When you get home, give your yorkie puppy some time to adjust to his new surroundings.  You can expect him to need a few days to acclimate to his new surroundings.

6) We feed Eukanuba  Small Breed Puppy Food.  It might be a good idea to keep him on this feed, and not change until he has had time to get settled into his new home.  If you do change food, taper off this one, and slowly introduce the other.

7) Offer your yorkie at least 4 small meals a day.  If your yorkie isn't eating, then you may need to coax him.  It is important that he eat to keep his blood sugar stable. 
IF HE WONT EAT
his dry food, a heaping teaspoonful of canned tuna or chicken on his dry food is also good to feed him.  Remember he is still a baby, and he has had a long trip.  He needs your help in adjusting to his new home.

8) Frequently offer him the chance to go to the bathroom.  If he goes, praise him, but do not punish him for accidents, because he won't understand. 

9) Make sure water is available to your yorkie puppy at all times.

10) His crate is a great place for him to sleep at night and to take naps.  Keep it cozy with a blanket, and keep water and food available with dishes that attach to the side at all times. 

11) Also available at pet stores are puppy pads for him to use for potty training, and little portable fences to put around his crate.  This way you can keep your yorkie safe and comfortable at all times.   Another option is a small animal cage with a puppy pad underneath for during the day when he can't be watched.  A baby blanket to sleep on will help keep him cozy and comfy.  Food and water dishes attached to the side are convenient, so he always has access to food and water, and prevents spills.

12) Inspect your home for anything that the puppy might not need to get into to.  Puppies go through a period of teething and chewing, that can damage your property, and be hazardous to them as well.   Electrical cords should be put out of his reach, or he should be carefully supervised when he is not in his crate, so that he can't be hurt. 

More Information on Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Sugar):
Hypoglycemia occurs mainly in toy breeds of dogs between six to sixteen weeks of age.  Often it is brought on by stress.  It is imperative that you be aware of some of the signs of the onset of an attack of hypoglycemia. 
THE FIRST SIGNS
: are those of depression, weakness, and/or loss of appetite.  They can collapse and/or go into a seizure or may be noticeably confused, disoriented, become drowsy at unusual times, shiver and/or stagger about. 

Hypoglycemia can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home or while being shipped.  It might appear if the puppy misses a meal, becomes chilled, becomes exhausted from too much playing or has a digestive upset.  These upsets place an added strain on the energy reserves of the liver and bring on the symptoms.

Most dogs outgrow this condition. 

Treatment of Hypoglycemia:  Treatment is directed at restoring blood levels of glucose.  Begin at once.   If you suspect hypoglycemia, give him corn syrup, honey, or Nutrical.  Nutrical is available at most pet supply stores.  If he has these symptoms and does not improve, take him to the vet.

Don't let this information cause any undue worry or stress.  We just want you to be informed so that you can watch for symptoms, and be able to act quickly if it does occur. 
As long as the yorkie pup has plenty of food and water, and keeps their blood sugar level stable, he may never experience any problems. 

Vet Check ups, Shots and Dewormings:  Your  yorkie puppy is up to date on all shots and dewormings.  Be sure and keep it that way.  We will be sending you his records, please take them with you when you visit your vet.  If your puppy looks sick, take him to the vet.  


 



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