Yorkies live long but their lives are not always problem-free especially when it comes to wellness. While they are typically healthy and energetic there are several health problems you may have to deal with.
If you got your Yorkie from a rescue at a cheap price or even free, chances are that they may have innate health problems already.
Some of the illnesses are specific to Yorkies while others are to be expected with most if not all small dog breeds. Here are 4 of the most common of these illnesses.
Retention of puppy teeth
Dental problems are a huge issue with yorkies with retained milk teeth taking the top spot. This is where the puppy teeth fail to fall out. The growing adult teeth therefore have to fight for space in the tiny dog’s mouth. In addition to being uncomfortable and making eating a little annoying for the pooch, the problem is associated with dental cavities and should be handled promptly.t
Chronic gut problems
Yorkies are typically very adventurous when it comes to what counts as food to them. Without proper training, the little furry buddies will make a meal out of anything and this is the main cause of their gut problems from ulcers to chronic diarrhoea and vomiting. These problems are also common with ageing yorkies due to deteriorating gut health.
Yorkshire dogs also suffer from a range of genetic anomalies. These range from abnormal eyelash positions and skeletal malformation to hormonal abnormalities, like Cushing’s syndrome.
These tamper with the overall quality of life the Yorkie, like causing it to stink or have some mood swings. If left unchecked, they could lower their survival rate.
Hypoglycemia is a very common problem among small breeds, especially yorkies. These little ones love to play and are constantly off somewhere exploring or getting into trouble.
If their calorie intake does not match their active lifestyle and feisty personalities, there is always a risk of hypoglycemia. This is when the blood sugar levels are lower than what is required to keep them healthy and functioning.
It could present as something simple as lethargy or serious complications including hypoglycemic comas.
A common indicator of lethargy is a less enthusiastic wagging of the tail. If your Yorkie did not have its tail docked, you can use their tails’ activity as an indicator. If not, as Yorkies like to bark, the frequency of barking can be a good substitute.