KEEPING YOUR YORKIE SAFE: the dangers you might not be aware of
Protect your yorkie from eating common foods that can harm or kill him or her. Click on the food and wine to your right to read about them. Tylenol and Advil should NEVER be given to any animal, very toxic.
Click on the food and wine for a list of dangerous foods for your yorkie
BE warey of hawks and owls
Hawks and owls pose a huge danger to your yorkie, esp if he or she is under 5 lbs. I have heard numerous stories of small toy dogs being swooped up right in your own front yard by these preditors. Never let your yorkie roam free outside, always keep him on a leash.
Yorkies often have sensitive tracheas. It is important that you use a harness as opposed to a collar on them for this reason as well as others. Collars on toy dogs pose other threats besides the pressure on the trachea. A yorkie wearing a collar, left unattended in your home, can get hung on a bedpost or gate while trying to jump. It would be tragic to come home to find your baby dead from this.
Use a harness as opposed to a collar
SAY NO to the retractable leash
I am opposed to using a retractable leash on a yorkie. Yorkies have no fear. If you were walking your yorkie and another larger dog came along and acted viscious, your yorkie might be inclined to go toward the larger dog, showing no fear. Or if the dog came toward you, it would make it difficult to swoop your baby up into your arms. With a solid leash, and a good harness, you can safely pull your yorkie up to safety in an emergency.
Say no to GREENIES. I cannot stress enough how dangerous this chew toy is to yorkies. I have heard story after story after story of yorkies getting sick, having to get operations and dying because of greenies. This includes the mini greenies as well. This item is not good for yorkies and should never be given to them.
Do NOT give greenies to your yorkie
Do NOT give rawhide to your yorkie
Rawhide is another very dangerous chew toy for yorkies. The pieces can break off and become lodged in your yorkies airway and kill him. Also, large chunks can be swallowed and cause blockage in your yorkies' intestinal tract, only to have to have an operation done to remove it. This operation is also dangerous, but has to be done in this case. NEVER give your yorkie rawhide treats.
Chocolate is also very bad for any dogs. It is actually poisoness and in large amounts will kill your dog. I don't understand why anyone would want to give their dog chocolate knowing the dangers. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. And in a toy dog, whose body is small, it is even more life threatening. NEVER give your dog chocolate. Another thing that is poisoness to your dog is Tylenol.
Do NOT give chocolate to your yorkie
Recliners are very dangerous to yorkies
If you own a recliner chair and are thinking about getting a yorkie, you might want to choose one or the other. Yorkies love to get under or in between the open places in a recliner chair. They are small and they will get in there and be quiet and perfectly content. If you decide to get up and close the chair, your baby will easily be maimed or killed. Please think seriously about not having a recliner chair, esp in the room where your yorkie will spend the most time.
Yorkies love to be underfoot. It is very important that you are aware of your baby at all times. When you are in the kitchen, they are under your feet and very curious as to what you are doing. Be very cautious when opening and closing the refrigerator door. Often times, they will stick their little head or nose in there, just as you are ready to shut the door.
Yorkies love to be under your feet, esp when the door of the fridge is open
ANY type of aritificial sweetner is extremely dangerous for your yorkie. Splenda, sweet 'n low, equal, aspartame.... All of these should NEVER be given to a yorkie. Please watch if you even have any remains of a snack on your hands, do not allow your yorkie to lick your hands if you handle any type of artificial sweetner. These can cause extreme illness, convulsions, bloody diarhea, vomiting and even death.
Cocoa mulch is very toxic to your dog. Many people use this in their gardens. It comes in a variety of brands. Please do not use this in your gardens if you own a dog, and also watch your dog when you walk him or her so that they don't ingest it from other gardens you may be walking near or around.