It is absolutely normal for Yorkies to “shed” or go through phases of hair fall once in a while, however small it is. This can occur anywhere in the body, including the tail if your Yorkie’s tail is not docked.
However, there are certain factors that cause your pooch to lose more hair than usual and that would be cause for concern.
If excessive shedding occurs with your Yorkie, it is best to take a look at your Yorkie’s diet. When little Fido is not receiving the essential nutrients needed, hair loss tends to occur.
Be sure to feed your pet with high-quality sources of protein, as well as other key nutrients such as carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Read the labels to determine the nutritional value of the dog food in question and decide whether it is suitable for your Yorkie or not.
Make sure to dish out healthy dog treats for your Yorkies as well. Some Yorkie treats are made mostly of filler ingredients which not only gives no nutrients to your pooch, but also introduce micro amount of chemicals into its body that can have negative repercussions in the future.
Pregnancy and Hormonal Changes
When your female Yorkie is pregnant, expect shedding to be a bit worse. Pregnancy depletes the minerals and calcium reserves in their body. Thus, they may shed out of season or lose their hair more than usual.
This is why it is important to put your Yorkie on a special diet that will replenish all the lost or insufficient nutrients in the body. Some vets may also recommend supplements that help to strengthen their coat during this period in their lives.
Skin allergies, internal parasitic infections, and illnesses can also result in excessive shedding among Yorkies. Be sure to consult your vet if the first two factors listed above have been ruled out, yet unusual shedding persists.
These health issues do not exclusively cause abnormal shedding as the only symptoms. Common health issues usually cause other collateral damage like lethargy, vomiting and itchy skin for instance.
They will be more common in Yorkies rescued from the dog shelters or bought cheaply from breeders of disrepite.
Dogs, just like humans, also need ample amount rest to build up their immune system and health. If you are thinking that this is not the problem because your dog sleeps every time you go to work, then note that the keyword here is “quality rest”.
We should ensure that our Yorkies can sleep comfortably in order to give their bodies energy to fight against skin infections, keep up with cells and hair production etc. and thus prevent unnecessary hair loss. Some ways you can do this is to get a memory foam dog bed for ergonomic reasons, a dog crate cover to soundproof a night’s rest, or even a calming treat before going to bed.