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What Kind of Food Do Yorkie Puppies Eat?

You love your furry, four-legged best friend and want to feed him a healthy, balanced diet. The trouble is, when you visit the store or go online to purchase the best Yorkie puppy food, you are faced with dozens of choices from which to select from.

Which selection is the best choice to feed your Yorkie can be challenging, but by keeping the following tips in mind, you can pick the perfect food to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Caloric requirements

Yorkshire Terrier PuppyAs a Yorkie parent, you probably already know these two things: Yorkie s can be picky eaters and they don’t need a lot of calories on a daily basis.

That makes it doubly important for you to ensure that the food you serve has all the proteins, vitamins, carbohydrates and minerals your Yorkie needs.

Fully-grown Yorkshire’s can weigh anywhere from three to seven pounds. If your Yorkie is relatively inactive, he’ll only need to consume about 150 calories a day. More active Yorkshires require 200 calories. Yorkie s under a year old need 400 calories a day in order to grow up strong and healthy.

Never feed your Yorkie his daily caloric intake all at the same time. Remember, his stomach is small, so divide the food up into three servings if your dog is an adult, four if he is a puppy and still growing.

It is important to strictly monitor your Yorkshire’s weight because they can offer suffer from hip and joint problems that obesity can cause to become worse. If you are looking for a low calorie in-between meal snack for your dog, cook up vegetables like carrots, green beans or canned pumpkin. Small pieces of cheese are also okay.

Yorkshires who weigh under 4 pounds are also susceptible to become hypoglycemic, which is a dangerous drop in blood sugar. To help prevent this, add a dietary supplement that is high in calories or a teaspoon of corn syrup to their food.

Here’s a quick and easy way to check if your Yorkie is overweight: If you can’t feel his ribs without poking, he can probably stand to shed a few pounds. Check with your vet to see if a low-calorie dog food would be appropriate.

Dry food is best

Yorkie s, like most toy breeds, can suffer from dental problems if they don’t get regular dental exams and teeth cleanings. Consider a dry, crunchy food that will help keep his teeth clean.

Like all dogs, Yorkshires need to eat a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits to keep them healthy.

Select a dry dog food that has as its primary ingredient chicken, turkey, fish or lamb. Stay away from foods that include the non-muscle meat of animals as a byproduct, which can be hard for your Yorkie to digest.

Look for foods that contain brown rice or yams, which can be easily digested by your dog and cause less stomach upset than corn or soy beans.

Choosing the best food for your Yorkshires age

When you are weaning your Yorkie puppy who is between 4 and 5 weeks old, choose the same food that his mother eats in order to avoid stomach upset. Add a bit less canine milk replacer to the food over the course of several days until your puppy is on a completely solid diet.

By the time your Yorkie puppy is 6 weeks old, he’ll be on a fully solid diet. When you are selecting his food, choose an age appropriate brand that is specially designed for small breeds. Avoid brands that have too many chemical additives. Remember, if you can’t say it, your dog probably should not be eating it. Chemical additives can cause your Yorkie to have allergies, constipation and even a thinning coat.

You should also take care to avoid brands that contain a lot of fillers that have zero nutritional value and contain nothing that your dog’s body can adsorb. If your Yorkie is not getting enough nutrients out of the food he is eating, he can become malnourished and even develop behavioral problems.

Selecting the right food for your Yorkie — a brand that he will love and that provides him with the nutrition he needs for a long and healthy life — requires just a bit of research on your part, plus an understanding of the tastes your beloved pup loves. When those two factors come together, you’ll be sure to pick the right brand that meets all of your Yorkshires nutritional needs.