Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is a disorder that
occurs mainly in small breed puppies between six and
twelve weeks of age. It is often precipitated by
stress and can occur without warning (if the puppy
is susceptible). It might appear after the puppy
misses a meal, chills, becomes exhausted from
playing, or has a digestive upset. These upsets
place an added strain on it's energy reserves and
bring on the symptoms.
Hypoglycemia is a real threat to these tiny puppies,
watch for your puppy to become tired or droopy. The
first signs are those of listlessness and
depression. They are followed by muscular weakness,
tremors, and later convulsions, coma and even death.
The puppy may appear depressed or may be weak,
wobbly and jerky, or the puppy may be found in a
If your puppy has any symptoms of hypoglycemia you
must act fast. If the puppy is awake, give it
Nutrical, or Karo syrup by mouth. You should see
signs of improvement in thirty minutes. If no
improvement, then call your veterinarian. If the
puppy is unconscious it should be taken to the
veterinarian at once.
Prevent Hypoglycemia from happening by allowing only
twenty minutes of play at a time, followed by rest
or sleep. Do not allow the puppy to overtire at
first. Supervise closely with children to make sure
puppy is getting enough rest. Keep puppy warm, don't
let it become chilled. Your Yorkie puppy is a house
dog and should not be living outdoors.
Prevent attacks by feeding a high quality kibble
diet. We use and recommend Royal Canin for Yorkshire Terrier Puppies
# 29. See
that puppy eats at least every six to eight hours.
More often if he is very small. Keep dry food and
water available at all times. You can give 1/4
teaspoon of Nutrical or Karo syrup morning and night
for the first couple of days to help prevent the low
blood sugar that can come with the excitement and
stress of going to a new home.
History of the Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkies are a "man made" breed that originated in
the Yorkshire area of England early in the 19th
century. Several different dog breeds were bred
together to create a small terrier that could kill
vermin, like rats.
Although differences of opinion exist, it is
generally thought that larger terrier dogs with
different colors and textures of coats were used to
develop the yorkie breed. This mix of coat colors
and textures may account for the difference in coat
types and colors that we have today in the breed.
Coat color can range from light silver to blue to
Early yorkies lived with the working man of England
where being small was an advantage since small dogs
eat less and could be kept less expensively.
However, since larger dogs were used to develop the
breed there are still larger yorkies being born
today. Yorkie weights range between 3 and 12 lbs
although some people live with smaller and larger
dogs. Show dogs must not exceed 7 lbs.
It is not recommended that the tiny yorkies not live
with small children as they are very fragile and can
be easily injured.
Yorkies have a non-shedding coat that is
hypo-allergenic. People with allergies and asthma
can frequently keep yorkies as they have hair like
people instead of fur. They are easy to keep clean
and don't have that "doggy odor" that other dogs can
get. Yorkies are beautiful in their long flowing
coat and if you don't have the time to keep them in
the long coat they look really cute in a puppy cut
or a modified snauzer or westie cut.
As smaller dogs, yorkies have smaller exercise needs
and can get enough exercise in an apartment or
condo. This is ideal for the elderly or homebound
Yorkies think they should always be near you. They
like to sit in your lap while you watch TV, sleep
with you at night, and will lay by your feet if you
can't hold them. They may be small but are capable
of jumping into your lap and bed if they want to.
The Yorkshire Terrier is an active beautiful
Don't be fooled, you don't own them - they own you.
They are classified as toy dogs but have retained
their terrier temperaments and personalities.
Yorkies are self confident and not intimidated by
anyone or anything. This frequently gets them into
trouble. Yorkies think they are the big dogs on the
block and this can be dangerous if they decide to
scrap with the wrong dog. Many yorkies are injured
every year due to their fearlessness.
However, for the most part, yorkies get along with
compatible dogs. Yorkies love to play and are very
friendly to people. They love to be the center of
attention, they seem to say "look at me, aren't I
Yorkies love to travel, and can easily be taken
along. Being very intelligent dogs, yorkies can
learn anything they want to and easily adapt to
change. Being so smart, they can be trained to potty
outside or inside on papers or the newer wee-wee
Yorkies usually get along with, and play very well
with other yorkies. It's great fun to see two of
them playing together and sleeping together. If you
have two, there is one to warm mom's lap and one to
warm dad's lap.
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