Visiting the Veterinarian:
*** In our past experiences, we
have found the best and most competent vets are local neighborhood clinics. It seems like the big chain-type clinics try to
push products the puppy doesn’t need. It seems like they work off commission. Yorkie puppies have a small body weight
and it is easy to overload their little livers with chemicals. Some of the worst medications, in our opinion, are heartworm
preventatives used on very small, young pups. It is our understanding that heartworms don’t manifest until at least
4 months of age anyway, so what’s the rush? Why take a chance on making your new puppy sick? Another is systemic flea
medications. These are also very harsh on small young pups. Should you encounter fleas, a good treatment is to warm-wash them
with a gentle sudsy shampoo. It actually suffocates the fleas without injuring the puppy. Just look at the wash water
when you are finished and you will see the fleas floating dead in it. Save the "harder" treatments for when the
puppy is much older. Over medications can be worse than undermedicating.
We do not recommend taking your new puppy to a groomer or trainer until after the full regimen of puppy vaccines
are given (usually by 16 weeks or so). We believe a puppy's immune system isn't adequately developed before this time and
it would be risky to expose them to older dogs who may be carriers. It's ok to bathe them, but best to keep them away from
dog populations until puppy immunizations are completed. Your vet can help you with toenails and ear maintence if you are
not comfortable with the task.
Internet ordering, blogs, etc.
heard the old addage "if you see it on the internet, it must be true." Remember that there is a lot of competetion
out there, some credible, and some not so much. There are a lot of bloggers out there who like to slam one another for their
own personal agenda. If they have difficulty selling their own, they go to the internet blogs and slam other people and attempt
to make themselves look good by making others look bad. Generally speaking, they are whiners and exaggerators and don't really
care if they do harm to others. Unfortunately, as you probably know, there is little accountability on the internet. Remember
there is always more than one side to stories. There are many impressive websites out there. The real test is to
go see for yourself. Wanna check us out? Come see for yourselves or check us out on Facebook for the comments people have
left and form your own opinion.
Please be very aware
of the many scams out there when it comes to shopping for puppies.
The reason we are knowledgeable about scams, is that
people come here and tell us about the different ways they have been or almost have been scammed. We wanted to share this
with people because it is more prevalent than you think. Here are some of the flags to look for: ** The website has no credible
phone number. You can only contact them through email. ** American addresses are not theirs. ** Puppies are free if you pay
the transportation. One of the oldest scams is some supposed missionaries in Africa who want to send you free puppies for
the cost of the transportation because they lack the means to take care of them properly. They wish to do this out of regard
for the puppies' well-being. ** Misspelled words, poor sentence structure, or lack of good American language syntax. ** The
biggest flag of all: They want you to pay by Western Union because you cannot recover it under any circumstance. They usually
have a nice website with nice pictures of the pups and children holding them, etc to enhance the "homey", credible
look, etc. These pictures are stolen from credible websites. We have even found some pictures of ours which have been stolen
by them. Nothing can be done because they are located overseas, especially Nigeria and Cameroon. You will be surprised how
gullible people are and fall into this trap. Unfortunately, your money cannot be recovered. You will find them mostly on free
advertisement sites. The safest way to purchase a puppy (or any other product) is to shop where you can see the puppy in person
and take it home with you. Remember.... If it looks too good to be true....it probably is..
Feeding Fussy Yorkie Puppies:
Feeding fussy Yorkie puppies can be a challenge
at times. When you take them to your home for the first time, you are creating a strange, unfamiliar environment and one that
is away from their siblings and buddies. This separation anxiety is stressful and can change their eating habits, namely “quitting
eating all together.” This brings about a problem, as the puppy has to eat regularly or become hypoglycemic. Hypoglycemia
simply means low blood sugar. This condition isn’t likely to occur unless it is not eating well or has some unhealthy
condition. The first step is to realize that they eat more like a cat than a dog. Large dogs tend to “woof” their
food down. Yorkie pups “pick” at their food a few kibbles at a time. They like small amounts several times a day
rather than large amounts once or twice a day. This tells us it is best, most of the time small, young pups need food
left out at all times. If not, they could get hypoglycemic.
If they do get hypoglycemic (recognized by the appearance
of lethargy, incoordination, or being drunk), it is critical that you act rapidly or risk the death of your puppy. If
you will pry their mouth open and apply a calorie supplement such as Nutrical, Fortical, Nutristat, and some others, they
usually respond fairly fast. We usually supply some of this paste at least with each small Yorkie we sell if we have some
available. Other products that may help are honey and Karo syrup. Most puppies enjoy small diced-up cooked chicken. Sometime
this bribes them into eating when they are picky. Hypoglycemic puppies also lose body temperature so you need to keep them
warm. After a bout with hypoglycemia, it may be wise to visit your vet and see if there are any underlying reasons for it.
Usually it is because they are not eating well enough and you may need to bribe them with some kind of gourmet food.
How we price them:
The main factors for pricing are size, gender, and overall quality
and Yorkie character. Not always, but the smaller ones are priced more, females usually run a little more than males. Overall
quality is part of the recipe. In the end, it is a matter of what we feel they will bring on the competitive market.