Unfortunately, dog’s can’t talk to us and tell us when and where it hurts. This means that for the most part, our furry besties suffer for a long time in silence before their agony is evident enough for us to pick up on. However, there are certain clues that could help you figure out when something is wrong so you can take prompt action.
The first one is their eating habits. Yorkies are usually ravenous little beasts that will eat anything they deem tasty. So if your little one starts leaving their food bowl empty you need to be alarmed. Poor appetite is the most common universal symptom and could be as a result of anything from a stomach bug to illness-related lethargy.
The level of activity is something else you could keep an eye on. If your usually active pooch is all of a sudden super chill and constantly tired then something could be wrong. Try giving them something to eat in case it is hypoglycemia. If this does not work, you need to get the little one checked out in case it is a more serious problem.
Yorkies have very sensitive skin and coats. More often than not, problems with internal systems present with altered coat appearance. This could be in the form of rashes or even hair loss. In skin conditions like cancer, you may also notice lesions like abnormal growths or ulceration.
Finally, your doggy’s bowel movements serve as a major clue for a sick and/or dying yorkie. Here, look out for frequency of movements, their consistency and presence of things like blood, mucous or worms. Excessive diarrhoea and vomiting are common, potentially life-threatening complications of many yorkie illnesses and should therefore never be ignored.