Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Four common health problems in Yorkies

Yorkshire Terrier dogs may be prone to certain health issues. Even in case of ethical and properly-designed breeding programme some genetic problems may occur - genes resposible for a disease may skip several generations. Most Yorkies stay perfectly healthy, yet it is good to be aware of those canine health problems, to be able to notice the symptoms early. Yorkies have their vulnerabilities, but you can treat them successfully.
  • collapsing trachea
  • ''Tracheal Collapse is a narrowing or collapsing of the trachea (windpipe) . This can happen because the cartilage rings which hold the trachea soften due to genetic weakness.''Yorkie Health Problems This can also happen when you use a collar and a leash, instead of a harnesss. The Symptoms include:
    • noisy breathing
    • gagging sounds
    • trouble breathing
    • coughing (mild to severe)
    To treat this health issue you should remove any irritants like air freshener and smoking cigarettes. You should avoid cold temperatures. Never use a collar and take care of your Yorkie's diet, so that it doesn't become overweight or obese. In more serious cases a medication will be prescribed or even a surgery can be performed.
  • hypoglycemia
  • Yorkies are at risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It can be triggered by irregular meal times, stress, strenuous activity, or digestive track problems. If you notice your Yorkie is confused or disoriented, shivering or staggering and drowsy, go immediately to the vet.
  • retinal dysplasia
  • ''Retinal Dysplasia is an irregularity of the retina of the dog’s eyes. The retina is a thin layer of tissue which cover the back of the dog’s eyeball, this is where the sense of vision occurs. When there is this irregularity, the tissue is affected which then in turn will cause vision problems. In some cases, blindness will occur.''Yorkie Health Problems In mild cases, you may not see any signs and the dog will not have a problem that interfere with daily activities. In moderate to severe cases, this affects the dog’s vision. You may notice that the dog bumps into objects, seems confused and/ or stumbles when walking up stairs or navigating around objects. There is a certain eye exam created by the Canine Eye Registry Foundation and a certified ophthalmologist (CERF) will perform the test. The mild form may improve over time on its own as the dog matures. If it is more severe, dogs do very well at adjusting to a partial or full loss of vision (due to incredible sense of smell an hearing). If your dog has vision problem then you can help him by: always taking the same route when going for walks, keep dog food, water, toys and in the same place, introduce any changes gradually.
  • tooth decay
  • Some Yorkies are prone to tooth decay, because they have a small jaw. As a result plaque can build up easily. You need to be sure to feed your Yorkie some dry food, give it dental treats and larger bones to make sure their teeth are cleaned.
Those are just some of the health issues present in Yorkies, but they are not only restricted to Yorkies. All dogs may have health problems, but if you observe your dog carefully and spot the symptoms early you can cure it.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

walking holiday with your dog

It's already a summer holiday season! A lot of people want to spend their holidays together with their dogs. Some companies offer dog walking holidays - proper tours with a guide for both the owners and their dogs. Sounds very interesting. My life style is sedentary (office-job) so I enjoy to spend time in an active way. For a less formal and cheaper option, there are also meetup groups click here for a meetup page where people can join to take weekend breaks together with their dogs and other dogs' owners. Some articles related to the subject: photo: Pintrest

Sunday walk

There is nothing more enjoyable than a Sunday walk with your Yorkie :-) Below some pics of photogenic Pippi. I don't live in Dublin, but I thought that this article may be interesting to some: Lovely Dublin Walks To Try With Your Doggy

Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Ireland

As I live in Ireland, I thought it is worth-mentioning, that there is a non-profit organization Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Ireland. You can check their FB page here I think they are doing great job rehoming Yorkies!They also advertise Yorkies for adoption.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

some recent pics

It has been such a busy time for me, and I realized that I haven't posted for a very long time. Still many people visit my blog, which is great. That's why I will organize myself better and find time to post. Below some recent pics of Pippi. In some of them her eyes are covered by the ''fringe'' - it was just before the visit to her groomer :-) In the photos below my Yorkie is enjoying a visit to a park.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Helping Yorkies (and other dogs)

Check out the page of Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Ireland - a Non-profit Organisation helping Yorkies. If you live in Ireland you may consider adopting a Yorkie instead of buying a puppy from a person breeding them. Please check this page, it is regularly updated, I am following them on facebook: YorkshireTerrierRescueIreland and I really think they are doing a good job!

If you live in another country, google search any non-profit organisations helping Yorkies. If you hesitate about this, there are many ways in which you can help animals. If you are unable to adopt, you can ask them what kind of help do they need. Sometimes they need people walking the dogs, helping with administrative stuff like paperwork or with some physical job like cleaning. Often, they also need some dog food, blankets, leashes, dog collars etc. If you are unable to provide any of those, you can also send them simply money.Just ask them about this and they will give you information. I found the page of a Polish non-profit organisation and sent them some dog clothes. You can visit their page by clicking on the link below. Feel free to send them sweaters and jackets for dogs as winters in Poland are really cold and they need clothes for dogs. https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczlowiekdlazwierzat/?fref=ts

Below pictures of cute little fellas wearing sweaters from Pippi (my Yorkie):

I believe that each person can contribute to helping dogs (an other animals) and make this world a better place to live

Streszczenie postu po Polsku: Istnieje wiele form pomocy zwierzakom - świetną pracę wykonuje YorkshireTerrierRescueIreland w Irlandii. Oni zajmują się adopcją i opieką nad Yorkami. Istnieje oczywiście wiele organizacji Non-Profit także w Polsce. Odwiedzając stronę https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczlowiekdlazwierzat/?fref=ts

można sprawdzić czego psy pod opieką tej fundacji aktualnie potrzebują. Nie mając możliwości adopcji, można zdecydować się na inną formę pomocy, taką jak przesłanie ubranek, kocyków lub karmy.

Can dogs eat pumpkin??

As it is the Halloween season and pumpkins are everywhere, it is worth mentioning that pumpkin has numerous health benefits also for dogs. The best option is to give your dog a cooked fresh pumpkin or canned natural pumpkin - without added sugar, be careful not to choose pie filling for example! You may pick the organic canned pumpkin for the highest quality.

Pumpkins have numerous health benefits for your dogs, below I list 5 of them. All of them apply also to human health. Enjoy eating pumpkin together with your dog.

1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber, it can help dogs (and also cats) with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular.

2) Urinary Health: pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron.

3) Weight- loss A fiber-rich diet helps both people and dogs eat less, and thereby shed pounds. Adding vegetables to diet of your dog makes it well-balanced and healthy.

4) Pumpkin keeps eyesight sharp - vitamin A aids vision.

Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional peeper protection.

5)Cancer prevention Like their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (to name a few), pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.