Visiting the Veterinarian:
*** In our past experiences, we
have found the best and most competent vets are local neighborhood clinics. It seems like the big chain-type clinics try to
push products the puppy doesn’t need. It seems like they work off commission. Yorkie puppies have a small body weight
and it is easy to overload their little livers with chemicals. Some of the worst medications, in our opinion, are heartworm
preventatives used on very small, young pups. It is our understanding that heartworms don’t manifest until at least
4 months of age anyway, so what’s the rush? Why take a chance on making your new puppy sick? Another is systemic flea
medications. These are also very harsh on small young pups. Should you encounter fleas, a good treatment is to warm-wash them
with a gentle sudsy shampoo. It actually suffocates the fleas without injuring the puppy. Just look at the wash water
when you are finished and you will see the fleas floating dead in it. Save the "harder" treatments for when the
puppy is much older. Over medications can be worse than undermedicating.
We do not recommend taking your new puppy to a groomer or trainer until after the full regimen of puppy vaccines
are given (usually by 16 weeks or so). We believe a puppy's immune system isn't adequately developed before this time and
it would be risky to expose them to older dogs who may be carriers. It's ok to bathe them, but best to keep them away from
dog populations until puppy immunizations are completed. Your vet can help you with toenails and ear maintence if you are
not comfortable with the task.
Internet ordering, blogs, etc.
heard the old addage "if you see it on the internet, it must be true." Remember that there is a lot of competetion
out there, some credible, and some not so much. There are a lot of bloggers out there who like to slam one another for their
own personal agenda. If they have difficulty selling their own, they go to the internet blogs and slam other people and attempt
to make themselves look good by making others look bad. Generally speaking, they are whiners and exaggerators and don't really
care if they do harm to others. Unfortunately, as you probably know, there is little accountability on the internet. Remember
there is always more than one side to stories. There are many impressive websites out there. The real test is to
go see for yourself. Wanna check us out? Come see for yourselves or check us out on Facebook for the comments people have
left and form your own opinion.
Please be very aware
of the many scams out there when it comes to shopping for puppies.
The reason we are knowledgeable about scams, is that
people come here and tell us about the different ways they have been or almost have been scammed. We wanted to share this
with people because it is more prevalent than you think. Here are some of the flags to look for: ** The website has no credible
phone number. You can only contact them through email. ** American addresses are not theirs. ** Puppies are free if you pay
the transportation. One of the oldest scams is some supposed missionaries in Africa who want to send you free puppies for
the cost of the transportation because they lack the means to take care of them properly. They wish to do this out of regard
for the puppies' well-being. ** Misspelled words, poor sentence structure, or lack of good American language syntax. ** The
biggest flag of all: They want you to pay by Western Union because you cannot recover it under any circumstance. They usually
have a nice website with nice pictures of the pups and children holding them, etc to enhance the "homey", credible
look, etc. These pictures are stolen from credible websites. We have even found some pictures of ours which have been stolen
by them. Nothing can be done because they are located overseas, especially Nigeria and Cameroon. You will be surprised how
gullible people are and fall into this trap. Unfortunately, your money cannot be recovered. You will find them mostly on free
advertisement sites. The safest way to purchase a puppy (or any other product) is to shop where you can see the puppy in person
and take it home with you. Remember.... If it looks too good to be true....it probably is..
Feeding Fussy Yorkie Puppies:
HYPOGLYCEMIA IN TOY BREEDS |
Hypoglycemia is a common problem with toy breed
puppies including the Yorkshire Terrier. It is the medical term for low blood sugar, which is a condition in which
there is a drastic, sudden drop in the level of the sugar. In small breed puppies from post-weaning
to 4 months of age, the most common form of hypoglycemia is called Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia: “Transient”
because the symptoms can be reversed by eating; "Juvenile" because it is seen in young puppies.
As a toy Yorkie breeder or pet owner, it is important to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia and know how
to prevent and treat it. Hypoglycemia is easily treatable in the early stages, but fatal if allowed
to progress. Many puppies are lost needlessly to hypoglycemia because of ignorance on the part of their
owner or caretaker. Even a brief period of fasting or stress in a toy breed puppy
can trigger hypoglycemia. Puppies with Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia have normal liver size and function,
but inadequate glucose precursors or glucose in its stored form (body fat). Hypoglycemic incidents
are almost always preceded by a stress of some kind. Some examples of common stresses include:
weaning, teething, vaccinations, a change in environment, shipping, over-handling, cold temperatures,
intestinal parasites, infections, anorexia, etc. Many puppies simply play too hard and stress their system or forget
The first sign of hypoglycemia is the puppy slowing down and then acting listless. The puppy will then begin to tremble or shiver. This is a reaction
caused as the brain is starved for glucose. More signs of an attack are weakness, confusion, wobbly
gait, frothing or drooling from the mouth - sometimes even a seizure. His body will be limp, lifeless,
and a check of the gums will show them to be pale, almost a grayish white in color rather than a healthy bright pink.
The body temperature will be subnormal. After a time, the puppy will become
comatose and may even appear to be dead. The puppy can go into shock and, if not cared for properly and promptly, may
caught in the early stages, place on the end of your finger, and rub Nutri-Cal, Fortical (or generic), or
Karo syrup or honey on the roof of the mouth. Don’t give liquids at this time or
he may aspirate. Get a heating pad or heating blanket on the lowest setting and slowly warm the
puppy to proper body temperature. If the puppy responds, all is well. Feed something right away that
the puppy likes such as cooked chicken **See remarks below how to prepare the chicken)
Monitor the puppy to be sure that the condition does not recur. Be sure to eliminate the stress that caused the
episode if at all possible. If the pup doesn’t come around within around 30-45 minutes, call
your vet and tell them you have a hypoglycemic Yorkie pup. It may not wait.
*** How to Prepare the Chicken
Purchase the frozen “chicken pieces” (not breaded
or pre-cooked with spices) at the supermarket. Take one small piece and wrap it up in a paper towel
and cook in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes. Allow to cool to comfortable, edible temperature.
Dice a small portion of it into very small pieces (maybe about 1/4 inch squares) Most of them really
like this. Some mix this with a little plain, cooked rice. This will provide them with a few carbohydrates,
as well. The idea is to temporarily get them eating. You still need to offer them their dried food. Don’t force
this down while they are in this condition. Wait until they will eat this on their own.
The best prevention is to be sure they eat well. Remember that
toy breeds eat more like cats than big dogs. Rather than “woofing” down
the food like a big dog, they will pick up 3 or 4 kibbles and carry them off somewhere to eat and return in a few minutes
to get 3 or 4 more . As you can see, if you follow the instructions you see on larger dogs, where you take away what
they won’t consume in 3o minutes, or limit them to once or twice per day, the little Yorkies will not consume enough
carbohydrates to maintain their blood sugar level. They must have food available at
all times. If they eat well, the odds of hypoglycemia will be reduced significantly. Sometimes
this picky behavior results from stress due to moving to a new home, being over-handled, or placed in an uncomfortable
environment. Other times it may occur due to an unwell condition such as a sore throat, cold, etc.
Sometimes for a “picky” eater, it will be helpful to put out a little “bribe
food” such as the junior meat sticks (baby food), baby food lamb, small diced pieces of chicken, etc.
Really, most anything to keep them eating. Try not to over-do these things because most are a little
rich in protein and fat, and will cause loose stool. Some people cook chicken and rice with success. The boiling removes
most of the fat and most dogs love chicken this way. Your goal is to slowly get them back
on a good dried balanced diet. Remember that if you try to “hold out” on these stubborn little creatures,
they will literally starve to death.
How we price them:
The main factors
for pricing are size, gender, and overall quality and Yorkie character. Not always, but the smaller ones are priced more,
females usually run a little more than males. Overall quality is part of the recipe. In the end, it is a matter of what we
feel they will bring on the competitive market.