Yorkies love to eat even when they are newborns. It is thus very unusual to find a pup unwilling to feed. This is usually a sign of problems with their gut or infections that cause a reduction in appetite. Whatever the case, it should be addressed quickly to avoid the complications that come with malnutrition.
A newborn yorkie usually has a fine and even dark coat. If there are any abnormalities like missing patches of hair, odd discoloration or visible skin lesions, it could be a sign of skin infections. This is usually as a result of poor hygiene conditions around the puppy.
Yorkies suffer from several genetic anomalies. Some, fortunately, are more evident than others and therefore easier to deal with early. The best examples here include cleft defects of the mouth that often negatively impact nutrition.
Frequent fainting spells and difficulties breathing
Heart defects may not be visible but their effects often are. The sometimes fatal group congenital anomalies present with issues like fainting spells, blue discoloration of the tongue and difficulties in breathing especially when breastfeeding.
With a vigilant mom on the lookout, trauma is easily avoidable. However, some puppies still get hurt in one way or another. The easiest sign of this is restricted movement. While this may not directly cause death, its complications like malnutrition and increased risk of infection may spell doom for the little one.