The baby Yorkshire terrier is one of the favorite breeds for owners who want to have a little toy at home. This dog is quite agile, sociable, fun and unpretentious. However, Yorkie owners often stop take caring for their dog. As a result, there are problems with excess weight and the resulting diseases of internal organs.
Remember: “We are responsible for those who have been tamed.”
What is the normal weight for Yorkshire terrier?
Normal weight for Yorkshire Terrier
By all measures, an ideal weight for a small Yorkie is between 3.1 kg and 3.2 kg. A large deviation of 300 grams or more is considered overweight, close to obesity.
The causes of obesity
First of all, it is important to find out the reasons, why your dog has overweight:
- Incorrectly organized diet;
- Frequent snacks from your table;
- Unbalanced diet;
- Lack of physical exertion and walks in the fresh air
Obesity is a complex issue
If the baby york is overweight, sooner or later it will negatively affect on his health. Your pet may have such problems:
- Various diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system;
- Problems with the respiratory system and disorders of the respiratory process;
- Risk of developing diabetes;
- Problems with the liver and pancreas;
- Possible joint diseases (dislocations, fractures, etc.) due to the heavy load on them;
- Violation of blood pressure;
- Weakening of the immune system;
- Decrease in the quality of wool (faded appearance, loss);
- Significant reduction in life expectancy.
Therefore, to avoid health problems you should some important tips
6 Easy Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy
- So, if you use only dog food, buy food specifically for the Yorkshire terrier breed and do not forget to constantly renew the water.
- Soft canned meat itself does not adversely affect on the weight of the pet, but watch out for the tartar, which can be formed in the mouth of Yorkie.
- Limit sweet, flour, fatty and spicy foods in your pet’s diet. You should forget about river fish, various kinds of sausage or ham.
- It is better to feed the animal with vegetables, cereals with milk, boiled beef, and chicken, as well as cottage cheese and legumes.
- And most importantly – the number of meals. For an adult dog two times a day is enough in small portions. A baby puppy at the age of two months can eat six times a day; two to four months — five times; from four to six months – no less and no more than four times a day; between six and nine months, three meals a day will be sufficient.
- Take your pet to the fresh air
And remember: the life and well-being of your companion are exclusively in your hands!