I have a 10 wks old yorkie puppy-vet advises he is totally healthy. I am feeding him science diet puppy small bites (his breeder home raised him w/his mom/dad-both on site-both healthy) he shows no interest in food-I have tried all the tricks-wet food, dry food, mixed food, little Karo syrup, baby food, he is healthy and playful, I am afraid he is not eating enough.... vet said he will eat when he is hungry-but breeder said he must eat 3x per day to avoid hypoglycemia-..I do give him small amout of Karo syrup w/water just in case. Help..New mom..
Dogs, unless they are sick, will not starve themselves. Are you feeding him the same thing the breeder was feeding ? Did he have any issues eating for her ? Is he losing weight ? Puppies do not always eat when food is set down for them. Try putting the food down and leaving it down. He may just nibble a bit here and there. You could also try boiling some rice and hamburger and see if he eats that. If he does, then slowly mix the kibble into it a little more each time until he is eating just the kibble. Could also be a stress issue. Sometimes i think that small breeds need more time with the mother and siblings than the larger breeds. If he does not begin eating soon, you may want to contact the breeder and see if she will take him back for a couple more weeks until he is back to eating regularly again.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I would'nt eat Science diet either. If I were you I'd try a really good food, sorry to sound like a broken record, but Eagle Pack Holistic, Innova, Orijen, Timberwolf Organics, D&%k van Pattens Duck and Potato...all much more palatable than what you're feeding. If you're worried about hypoglycemia, you're doing the right thing, you could also add a little gatorade to the dog's water..a tablespoon.Try and get a sample bag of these foods, they are quite pricey, but well worth the expense.
Dusty's right, many toy breed clubs advise breeders to keep their pups until at least 12 weeks. Weight can also play a big role in when a responsible breeder will let a pup go to it's new home. It's not unheard of for an ethical breeder to keep a unusually small puppy up to six months.
I really appreciate the feedback-all good advise. I will try the first suggestions and then follow up with the breeder regarding leaving mom too soon. Thank you all so much for taking the time to respond to my message. best wishes.
Yorkies tend to be a bit picky. Try not to give him too much variety. Stick with one really good food ( and Science Diet is not). When i brought my baby home when he was 10 weeks old, i mixed warm water with the kibbles to soften the kibbles just in case they have a hard time chewing. The warm water also intenses the smell of the food. Becareful not to burn him.
Lets see some pictures! Yorkie babies are soo cute :D