Ok. The newest edition to our family is a Yorkshire Terrior. I named him Gizmo because of the obvious. haha. We inherited it from a family that didn't exactly want it I guess. He is spent his life stuck in a cage that became to small for him. He is 20.8 lbs. He has a hard time walking (waddling) and of course breathing. He is far from a lap dog, for now, but if there is any advice from anyone let me know on what to feed him and how much. I figure the walks we take are not too long but going to be effective in the long run. Thanks.
It sounds as if he will have a much happier life with you. I never feed speciality diets like overweight or senior, just natural and whole food diets. For kibble, my dogs get Pinnacle or Blue Buffalo, I trade off. I also feed raw, as they love to chew, like asparagus ends (the dry ends you break off before cooking), broccoli stems, carrots, any kind of berries, green beans.
A vet told me if you want a dog to lose weight, give them only half the amount of kibble that you normally would, and the other half should be green beans. Green beans provide a lot of nutrition, but no fat, so the dog will remain very healthy, but able to trim down.
You can train a dog to walk on a treadmill also. It takes about three attempts at a slow pace, but they will learn to like it, and it is convenient in inclement weather.
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I had a little Yorkie named Gizmo that died when he was 20 months during a tooth extraction. He weighed under 2 pounds. He was exceptional on the small side, but I have never seen a pure Yorkie anywhere close to 20 pounds. Their max weight is supposed to be 6 pounds.
Have you ever looked up "Silky Terrier"? They look very similar to Yorkies, but they are larger.
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Thankx for the feedback. We are going to see if he in fact likes green beans and carrots and such, and watch the food quantity. From the papers we received from the previous owners it is a true Yorkie. I know it's hard to believe, he is only 3 years old and was stuck in a cage with a full bowl of food 24/7. 3 years old never had a name. He's starting to know his name now. Depends how you say it he either comes or waddles off. :-) Now. to get him to be our little lap dog. Our 9 yr 60 lbs Rot still thinks she's the lap dog. Thankx again.