AKC Yorkshire Terriers

Yorkie babies need to eat often.

More often than most puppies.  I feed young puppies every 2-3 hours to help avoid Hypoglycemia.  It is also important to feed a high quality food that is not too high in protein (though higher than dog food) and grain free.  Forget Puppy Chow and even Science Diet & Eukanuba.  I feed only high quality foods, my favorite being Farmina.  And make sure to get something with small bites, as Yorkies have little mouths and can’t chew those larger bites.

Personally, I feed Farmina as well as Stella & Chewy’s – which I don’t add water to, I just crumble on top of their food.  My babies love it!  I like it because it’s gluten free, grain free, has pumpkin (great for sensitive stomachs), blueberries (and antioxidant) and has a small that my dogs just LOVE.  I do start my puppies on Royal Canin mini starter, but once they’re about 4 months I switch (by mixing, don’t ever switch straight from one food to another) to the Farmina.

Hypoglycemia is most common in toy breeds, especially in Yorkshire Terriers, and with it, prevention is far easier than treatment.  It is a rapid drop in blood sugar and affects mostly puppies under 6 months of age, though most pups, if they have any issues, outgrow it by 3-4 months, which is why I keep my puppies until they are 12 weeks old.

The important things is to know the symptoms, and realize that not all puppies show all the symptoms.  The symptoms are:  Drowsiness, shaking, fainting, confused behavior, seizures, weakness, depression, muscle weakness and tremors, a drop in body temperature, coma…some owners mistakenly believe that the puppy has passed on.

As soon as you notice the symptoms of this, you should rub Karo Syrup on the gums of the Yorkie puppy. It is recommended that all puppy owners keep this on hand.  This will be absorbed and should slowly bring the puppy around.  I also give (once they start to become coherent and can lick it) Nutri-Cal as well, and always make sure they eat after having a sugar drop episode, even if you have to syringe feed them.  As a precaution, I usually add a little karo to their water, just make sure to wash their bowl at least once a day as the sugar can cause bacteria to grow.

You can also warm them up with blankets or heating pads to stabilize them while taking them to the vet (I have one that microwaves), as this is very serious and, left untreated, can result in death.

As I said earlier prevention is far easier than treatment.  I keep Karo Syrup and Nutri-Cal on hand, and for puppies that have had an episode do give them a little bit (about a pea size) every 3-4 hours to prevent further episodes.  A little goes a long way.  However, I prefer light karo syrup in a syringe, it tends to prevent the drops before they happen, just make sure you don’t syringe straight back, but instead upward toward the roof of their mouth.