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Please check if your questions are listed below - I have had so many mails sent in, in recent times, hopefully your question is answered below.
Taping biewers ears – well the larger sized dogs are usually the one’s ears needing to be taped, the smaller the yorkie or biewer the less likelihood taping will be required. However if you feel you need to tape your pups ears by all means do, just ensure you tape them the correct way.
Weight of teacup and pocket yorkies – DIFFICULT .... so much rides on the build of the dog here. You can have a considerably bigger sized lightweight dog that is huge in comparison to the same weight of a compact, solid pup. Our pups/dogs are solid, they feel like a brick in your hand. There is NO ruling on sizing the breed standard only mentions one acceptable size for the show ring, however over the years some dogs have ended up considerably smaller and some have ended up considerably bigger. Most of the breeders have their own definition of the various sizes.
Warming your dogs bed – I would use a Snugglessafe, can be used anywhere, heated via your microwave, is portable. Safe, we only use this product since it first became available which is quite a few years now. We have this product on offer.
Yorkies eating weeds in the garden – it would depend what your dog ate and how much etc. Best rid your garden of all weeds which may be toxic. If this should happen to you again, monitor your dog closely and if there is the least sign of the animal becoming ill, off colour or having a definite problem, straight to your vet.
What is your take on rabies, we reside in Durban - There is an article appearing on my site UNDERSTANDING RABIES, look for it under newsletters/blog section.
My 16 year old yorkie has become unsteady on her legs, what can be the cause – OLD AGE I would think. Excellent age for a yorkie. We s lost a 16 year old last year and have a couple not far off that age at present. You have obviously looked after your baby well to reach that age. I think you need to visit your vet, let him check your yorkie out thoroughly, he will be able to advise if this is just old age, degeneration of your baby’s hind quarters, there could be a number of reasons for this, good luck you are a super dog owner and should be proud of yourself.
I want a teacup that is half grown already so I can avoid all the puppy issues, can you assist me please - We usually do not sell dogs at this sort of age. Teacups especially bond with their owners, are actually a 24/7 companion to their owners, so it is not in the pups interests to stay with me till that sort of age, mainly because it definitely needs to bond and if it bonds with me, it will stress when leaving my care. I have kept one back till it was four months of age as it went overseas and the owners, physically came to SA to collect it and take it back in cabin with them.
My 8 week old yorkie is biting that it draws blood, how do I overcome this? - Distract your pup from this behaviour by offering it a chew of sorts. Teething is more than likely the reason for this, so offer plenty of toys that it can chew on, plus plenty of chews that will be beneficial for the teeth throughout your dog’s life. Eg. Hoofies, raw hide chews, you can also give it marrow bones – remove 95% of the meat from the bone and if there is a load of marrow in the bone, take out as much as possible. Too much marrow COULD upset the dog’s stomach.
DO not make an issue of the pup biting, distract him/her. The only other reason for a pup of that age to be biting is if it has been treated roughly and is retaliating, something I presume is not the case with your baby. Some people think it is funny to play roughly with a baby, but not that funny when that baby matures and it is still wanting to play that game and the owner is bitten. NOT a good idea to start games like that.
Affordable teacup pups – this is something similar to opening up a can of worms. Affordable? Well in my own experience and for a good many years since my early twenties in fact, I have been crazy about the smaller dog. I owned my first yorkie that was 1kg in my very early twenties quite a number of years ago. The dog was EXPENSIVE at the time, very healthy. If you answer ads for teacups especially at very low prices, you are answering a scam. To breed a healthy tiny baby, is hard work. There is no recipe, our tinies arrive periodically in litters with other sized pups. You do get people that breed these dogs unprofessionally, by this I mean, continual interbreeding to decrease the size of the pup. This may or may not work , but the bottom line to breeding like this will result or in time will result in SICKLY, unhealthy pups with a very shortened life span. Having been known and involved with producing tiny dogs over many years we hear a lot from the public who have been conned, have actually purchased a tiny pup that they are well aware has health problems but they purchase it anyway and at the going price of a healthy pup as well. I think we all get caught up in this type of situation from time to time, see a pup, even if you know it has problems and to give it a better life, we take it, - this obviously is not the right thing to do. If people were stuck with pups like this they may just give some thought as to how they got them in the first place and refrain from breeding those particular parents together again. If a problem continues to arise, then one should not breed with those dogs again. A well bred healthy small dog is not going to be cheap. It is a labour of love when that tiny appears in the odd litter and the breeder has to watch that baby carefully over the weeks to come. We sell all our pups with health guarantees. Make sure you do your homework, ask those questions needing to be asked. Periodically small dogs are sold off at cheap prices because they have health issues, be careful of that, as vet bills in this day and age cost a fortune, and your cheapy is going to end up costing you thousands at a vet. SORRY but if you want quality you are going to have to pay for it.
Are white lilacs poisonous to dogs – according to the internet this plant is toxic to dogs.
My yorkie that is still quite young has very bad teeth, my friends and family have all made suggestions to improve the teeth but nothing seems to work - You must take your dog to your vet and let him check out the teeth. Your dog should be seeing your vet every year for a general check-up at which time the teeth will be checked, the dog dewormed and given it s annual inoculation and rabies jab. In all probability your dog will need his teeth cleaned and bad teeth removed. Once your vet has sorted out the dog’s mouth, give him chews and there are products on the market to help keep the teeth in check. One being Plaque off, you will find details of this product on our website.
Anti drowning devices, we take our dog on our boat with us regularly and he swims with us at home. How would the anti drowning device protect him when we are not around. We also let him run free on the beach periodically and sometimes he takes off so the device that tracks him, when he is so many metres away from us would be beneficial. How would this work for land and water? - The anti drowning device works when it comes into contact with water. The device will never detect when the dog is swimming or in the sea and safe with you or if the dog has fallen into the swimming pool with no one around, it can never pick up when one situation is a problem and one is not. It will go off the second the dog comes into contact with water. The one device has the ability to set off an alarm when your pet gets so many metres away from you, to alert you to the fact. You obviously would only use the device when you are concerned that your dog may fall into your pool or run into the sea when you are not in a position to keep watch all the time or if you use it to keep track of your dog when he gets out of the range of so many metres. Someone has to be around at all times to hear the alarm going off if a problem should arise.
Peridontal disease in a three year old yorkie.
This question arrived via my website. The Yorkie is notoriously known for teeth problems, not every single yorkie but a lot of yorkies. The smaller the yorkie the more likely of this happening but if one looks after your dogs teeth, you should not hit this problem.
How do you look after your dogs teeth? DO NOT FEED SOFT FOOD – major cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
Give your dog dry kibble to eat. So often dogs are put onto a soft diet if they lose teeth, what for????? Feed that dry kibble and they will eat with no problem at all. Initially once teeth are extracted you could offer a meal or two of soft food, but once the first day or two have passed post surgery, back onto the kibble.
So many people out there feel BAD that their dog has lost teeth and then they feel the need to spoil their dog. As we have said before, spoiling your dog???? Your idea of spoiling but actually you are causing your dogs problems by doing this, spoiling in this case CAN start a roller coaster ride of problems.
Dogs must chew to keep healthy gums and teeth offer, rawhide chews, bones, NOT CHICKEN OR CHOP BONES. Shin bones which have had most of the meet removed and most of the marrow removed.
Supply chewy toys. You can brush your dog’s teeth. Use products available on the market to keep plaque at bay and promote healthy gums. ASK YOUR VET.
Have regular dentals done on your dog by your vet. AGAIN ask your vet.