Yorkie Health Problems

Like all breeds of dogs, Yorkies are prone to certain health problems.  It’s important to learn what these are so you can keep on top of your Yorkies health.  Keep reading to learn about some of these Yorkie health problems.

 Yorkie Health ProblemsA Yorkie will have an approximate lifespan of twelve to fifteen years.  To make sure your Yorkie does live this long life, it’s important to keep on top of their health.  The following are just some of the health problems associated with Yorkies and the symptoms to look out for.  And remember, if you do think your Yorkie has a health problem, then you should book an appointment with your local vet to get it checked out as soon as possible.

Teeth

One of the most common Yorkie health problems is to do with their teeth.  Yorkies are prone to getting tooth problems such as plaque and bad breath.  A great way to stop teeth problems from occurring is to brush your Yorkies teeth regularly using special dog tooth paste.  Your local vet or pet store should stock this.  But whatever you do – do not use human toothpaste as this is not meant for dogs!  If you feel you aren’t able to clean your Yorkies teeth yourself then your local vet will be able to assist you.  Another way to combat Yorkie teeth problems is to let them chew on a bone every so often.  Your Yorkie will love this!

Slipping Knees

Another one of the Yorkie health problems you should be aware of is slipping knees (the professional name for this is Luxating Patellas).  This is usually a genetic condition however it can also occur from falling from up high.  It’s caused from tendons and ligaments in the knee slipping sideways thus causing your Yorkies legs to lock up.  Unfortunately surgery is usually (but not always) required to fix this problem.    

Hypoglycemia

This is another one of the common Yorkie health problems.  Hypoglycemia is commonly called ‘low blood sugar’.  It occurs mostly in puppies aged between five and sixteen weeks.  Luckily this problem doesn’t usually continue as they get older.  The most common causes are infrequent feedings.  Therefore it’s vital you feed your Yorkie puppy the required feeds they need per day.  This is usually four times throughout the day.  Some of the symptoms of Hypoglycemia include drowsiness and shakiness.  If you are worried and think your Yorkie has this problem, then you should book an appointment with your vet.  They will be able to give you tips and advice to help combat this Yorkie health problem.

Tracheal Collapse

A tracheal is also known as a windpipe.  A tracheal collapse is usually a genetic condition and normally occurs when your Yorkie is older.  One of the main symptoms of this is a cough that sounds like a goose honk.  This condition can be fixed with special medication; however your vet will need to prescribe this.  In extreme circumstances, surgery may be required to fix the tracheal.

Remember, these are just some of the Yorkie health problems you should be aware of.  If you think your Yorkie has any sort of health problem you ideally need to book an appointment with your local vet.  They will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and propose a treatment plan.  A healthy Yorkie is a happy Yorkie – so it’s vital you keep an eye on your Yorkies health!