Many owners of a small Yorkshire terrier, are wondering about the nutrition of the dog. Is it possible to include vegetables and fruits in the diet of a puppy and an adult animal? Experts say with confidence “Yes!”. The fact is that products of plant origin (fruits and vegetables) saturate the body of the dog with valuable vitamins and trace elements. In addition, it helps York to digest food and excretion of feces.
- Carrots (raw with sour cream or boiled/stewed);
- Zucchini (in soup or just braised with carrots);
- Tomato (fresh). This vegetable saturates the body of Yorkshire with hemoglobin, vitamin C. In addition, the tomato helps the dog get rid of tartar;
- Chopped garlic head or pumpkin seeds added to porridge will serve as a preventive measure against the parasites of your pet;
- Greens in the menu of York (young nettle, dandelion, celery, parsley) have proven themselves well;
- Potatoes can be given to a dog both raw and boiled, sometimes in very small quantities;
- Cucumbers and radishes give the Yorkshire fresh as a salad or as an additive to porridge;
- Cabbage and turnips can be stewed, served in soup;
- Beets, broccoli or Bulgarian pepper are added to a tasty stew by filling it with pieces of chicken meat or sea fish;
- Little by little they give the Yorkshire terrier and sea kale. It will be an excellent source of iodine for the dog’s body.
The main rule: vegetables cannot be fried. We feed products to an animal only fresh or boiled / stewed (depending on the particular fruit).
Fruit in Yorkie’s diet
Fruit supplements for the season will also allow you to pamper your pet and at the same time satiate his body with valuable vitamins and trace elements.
You can give:
- peaches, strawberries, raspberries, fresh or slightly boiled;
- prunes, raisins, dried apricots (with the latter, be careful and let’s gradually, because dried apricots can weaken);
- apples, pears, sweet cherries;
- some plums, cherries, currants.
Important: all berries and fruits should be separated from the bones and seeds. Peel better to leave. You can make mousses, mashed potatoes, compotes from fruits and berries. Fresh is also recommended to give the Yorkshire fruit as an additive to cereals.
Vegetables and fruits are strictly forbidden for dogs:
- Sorrel (irritates the gastric mucosa);
- Oranges, tangerines, and grapes (can cause allergies, constipation or bloat);
- Pineapple, mango and all tropical fruits are undesirable in the Yorkshire diet;
- Fresh watermelons and melons;
- Hot Peppers.
Fruits and vegetables can be introduced into the menu from the age of 1.5 months. Later, such fruit and vegetable supplements should be present in the diet of Yorkshire every day.
Nutritional supplements for Yorkshire terriers
Every Dog needs a variety of products that contain all necessary nutrients for growth and development.
- For example, in a dry black bread a lot of carbohydrates. For a Yorkshire terrier, such bread is well soaked in kefir.
- Vegetable oil, in contrast to butter, has a beneficial effect on wool and the Yorkshire body as a whole. It can simply be added to food.
- For the prevention of worms, you can give a garlic clove once a week.
- In winter, it is useful to give an enzyme-rich oats sprouts.
Supplements for Yorkshire Terrier
- Vitamin D2 veterinarians recommend giving one drop every other day (if your York often happens in the sun, vitamin D2 is not needed).
- Vitamin H (biotin) in the diet of the Yorkshire Terrier must be. It is very important for the good condition of wool, leather, and claws. Most biotin is found in egg yolks and offal. There is also a lot of it in cheese, milk, chicken meat, sardines, and herring. It is also found in fruits: citrus fruits, banana, apple, and melon. Contained in vegetables: cauliflower, tomato, potato, carrot, onion.
- Vitamin B for dogs. Thanks to this vitamin, immunity is strengthened, the eyes and nose of York become dark in color. A lot of vitamin B in sea kale. With a year old, you can give it 1 spoon per day.
- Vitamin B1 is equally important for the body. Insufficient quantities, it is present in brewer’s yeast, sprouted wheat grains, bran, and liver. All this can be added to the main meal.
- Calcium gluconate. When your puppy one-month-old enough to give half a pill a day, at the age of two months – one by one. In three months – one and a half, and in four – you can give two pills.
- Calcium is useful to give only up to the age of one year, it is best absorbed with dairy products.
It is better to choose vitamins and nutritional supplements for Yorkies from well-known and proven manufacturers. If your Yorkshire terrier eats homemade food, it is better to slightly exceed the dosage of the drug (vitamins may not be fully absorbed and be of different quality).
If Yorkshire gets ready-made feed, then vice versa: the dose should be slightly less than what is written in the instructions (it all depends on the composition of the feed and its quality).