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Supplies (Essential)

List of Supplies Needed to Care for a Yorkie

Overview

It may seem a bit overwhelming to think about everything that's needed to properly care for a dog; however, once you get organized and feel that you've chosen the right items, you'l carry forward with much more confidence.

This list of supplies is both for new puppies and for Yorkshire Terriers of any age, to ensure that they have all that is needed for optimal health, comfort and happiness. 

Quick List

Here we will see a quick list and then you can read further for details on each of these essentials. 
  • A quality dog bed
  • Canine playpen or gate
  • Food and water bowls
  • Food and treats
  • A carrier method
  • Leash, collar, harness
  • ID Tag
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Bathing & coat supplies
  • Dental care items
  • Nail clipper or grinder
  • Brush & comb
  • Supplements (if needed)
  • Car seat
  • Basic first aid items

A Quality Bed

Some dogs are happy to sleep just about anywhere and some owners have their dogs sleep in their beds. However, there are valid reasons to ensure that your Yorkie has his own, quality dog bed.

He should be able to have the bed to go to for resting, retreating and taking naps, especially when home alone. If you take your Yorkie to visit a lot, bringing along his bed with help him feel comfortable elsewhere. Yorkies with hip or back issues and senior Yorkies should have orthopedic beds. 

Having a bed helps keep a Yorkie warm, as tiny toy breeds are prone to feeling chilled. And finally being on a bed versus the floor can help prevent elbow friction which can lead to thinning hair and even sores. 

A Canine Playpen or Gates

Please never place your Yorkie in a crate. Those are for flying on an airplane only. Crates are an old, outdated method for both house training and keeping a dog contained when owners could not keep an eye on him. Being crated can cause both physical and emotional stress, as this is very confining and claustrophobic. 

For when your Yorkie is at home by himself and for any times that you cannot keep an eye on a pup that is not yet housebroken, have a good sized indoor portable playpen or use gates to section off a small area. 

When getting supplies, many owners simply grab the first bowls that they see, not putting much thought into this; however, this can have negative consequences. 

The material and sizing plays a huge role, both health-wise and in regard to a Yorkie being able to eat with ease. 

For material: Steer clear of plastic bowls, even if they are BPA free. It's not uncommon for dogs to have reactions to plastic; the most common being a gradual discoloration of the nose. In addition, these are prone to sliding and tipping over. Finally, plastic bowls tend to scratch and it is within those tiny nicks that bacteria loves to thrive, making the bowls unsanitary unless cleaned constantly. 

Stainless steel is best. Ceramic is another option, but do note that ceramic can break and/or crack. Quality stainless steel does not cause reactions, is a heavier material which allows them to stay in place and is great at resisting scratches.

In regard to sizing: You'll want to be sure that the bowl is not over-sized. This can make it hard for the Yorkie to reach all of his food, which can lead to frustration and even under-eating.

In addition, when the bowl far exceeds the size of the meal, this often causes owners to believe that their Yorkie is not eating enough, when in fact it is the right about for this small breed. 

For height: Some toy breeds prefer a raised bowl, simply because it makes eating easier. If you think that your Yorkie may like this, and you have a floor dish at home, you can place it up onto a sturdy surface to test this idea.

Do, however, choose wisely for raised bowl sets; since the Yorkshire Terrier is very small, the bowls should only be raised up a couple of inches. Any further would possibly impede comfort and ease of eating. 

For design: With floor level bowls, you may find that those built into a base work very well for both keeping the dishes near each other and for limiting spills and messes. 

Food & Treats

One of the most important decisions that you will make, that has a direct impact on your Yorkshire Terrier's current and future health, will be what is fed to him for both meals and snacks. 

The biggest problem with commercial dog food market is that it is overflowing with brands that offer very little in the way of proper nutrition,  but are packed in heavy chemicals (artificial coloring, preservatives, and flavoring). Great brands can become lost in the sea of choices. 

And snacks are just as important as main kibble. You'll want treats for reward (it's essential for house training, not just when you start but to reinforce good behavior), for meal fillers and at least one dental treat per day. 
Read more about feeding a Yorkie

A Carry Method

Being so tiny, there will be lots of time that your Yorkie is not able to walk alongside you. And though you can, of course, keep him in your arms, this is not feasible in many situations. Also, if you will be doing anything other than carrying him, it's not safe to multitask in a way that can lead to a Yorkie either falling or wiggling out of your grip.

In addition, many owners end up leaving their Yorkie home alone if they deem it too difficult to bring their dog along or if the destination does not allow pets. 

However, if you choose a great carrier method, you can keep your Yorkie right by you in a safe way, have your hands free, bring him into many stores and other places that do not normally allow pets (but don't mind toy dogs in carriers) and lessen the amount of time that you head out without your best friend. 

Leash, Collar, Harness

A 6-foot or adjustable leash is recommended. Keep you Yorkie close to you when housebreaking and daily walks. If you are in a safe area and want your Yorkie to be able to run around, an adjustable leash will allow you to extend his range of play. 

In regard to collars and harnesses, please note that attaching the leash to a collar can lead to terrible neck injury. Always be safe and attach the leash to a harness only. Collars are reserved for ID purposes only (though many harnesses also have tag rings). 

Canine ID Tag

It does not matter if your Yorkie never leaves your side and you would bet your bottom dollar that he would never run away. All kinds of odd, random situations can occur in which a dog ends up lost. So, play it safe by having your puppy or dog wear an ID at all times. 

The tag should have your information (name, phone number, address, email) and be made of stainless steel or other durable, weather, water and fade-resistant material. 

Clothing

A few good pieces of outerwear are a necessity for many toy dogs like the Yorkie. A warm coat or vest is just about an absolute if you live in an area that has cold winters. Regardless, being so little and having barely any fat reserves, Yorkshire Terriers can become quite chilled at any time of the year (in the summer, it's the AC that can cause issues); so a small sweater or shirt is often very much appreciated. 

When chilled, a Yorkie may shake, letting you know. However, many do not and will react by appearing uneasy, restless, anxious or otherwise unhappy. 
Check out the section on tiny, quality clothes that fit Yorkies

Toys for Specific Needs

If your Yorkie's toy are piled up in a corner and not being used, this is a huge sign that it's time to obtain a few, quality toys that fit his needs. There's no reason to have anymore than 6 to 8 toys if you have the right ones. Though, if your Yorkie has a favorite, it's wise to have doubles or even triples in case that particular toys is not available in the future.

We will be creating a page on this site regarding the details of various toys; however, for now you will find recommended toys (and descriptions as to what need they fit) under 'Toys' in the Yorkie Specialty Shoppe

Bathing and Coat Products

What you put onto the coat and the degree in which you protect the coat plays a huge role in how soft, shiny and healthy your Yorkie's coat will be. 

Shampoo - Use a shampoo that is effective in washing off accumulated body oils, but is not so harsh that it harms the outer layers of the hair shafts in any way.

Conditioner - This is needed to coat hairs to offer a layer of protection and help make the coat luxuriously soft; however, do not use a product that is so thick that it clogs skin pores. 

Leave-in spritz - The most overlooked product; This is invaluable in many ways. It is used to keep the coat free of tangles. It protects against contact friction, static, split ends, dry air, and the sun. Finally, the right one will keep a Yorkie smelling nice and fresh for several days. 
Recommended bathing and coat supplies can be found under 'Grooming' in the Yorkie Specialty Shoppe

Dental Care Supplies

This breed is very prone to tooth decay. And this involves a lot more than losing teeth when older. The buildup of plaque and resulting tartar can eat away at teeth, causing decay and infection both on the teeth and under the gums.

Infection can spread up into the sinuses or even cause sepsis (full blood infection), reaching vital organs. This can have dire consequences. 

In addition, the pain of tooth decay and infections can be quite unbearable. Of course, dogs cannot speak to us to let us know. By the time you realize that dental issues are why your dog is not eating or showing other signs of pain, it's too late and the tooth will need to be extracted or a root canal will need to be done. 

Good, at-home care can greatly reduce the odds of issues, and especially when in conjunction with yearly vet visits for oral exams. 

Supplies at home consists of an appropriately sized canine toothbrush, an effective canine toothpaste (preferably in a flavor that your Yorkie finds pleasant) and quality dental treats.

A bonus, but not needed, is a water supplement (often referred to as canine mouthwash) that is a tasteless liquid, added to water, that helps fight gingivitis, plaque, tartar and decay. 
Read more about dental care for Yorkies
Or see recommended supplies, under 'Dental Care' in the Yorkie Specialty Shoppe

Brush and/or Combs

Part of keeping the coat healthy is to brush it on a regular basis. While you will never need to de-shed a Yorkie as with some other breeds, hair does grow on a cycle; it is either growing, resting or falling, very similar to human hair. So, dead hairs will be coming out of the coat.

But, another and just as important reason to brush the coat, is to keep it healthy via massage to the skin and for distribution of natural body oils. 

Be very careful to avoid cheap, inferior brushes, as these can strip hairs of their outer protective layer, cause static issues and even rip hairs out. 
See more about choosing the best brush for a Yorkie

Supplements

There is no reason to gather up all kinds of supplements if your Yorkie is very healthy, is eating a 4 or 5-star food and has no issues. 

However, if your Yorkie is having some troubles, the right safe nutritional supplement can often be a tremendous help. 

The most common supplements given include vitamins & minerals for those dogs that eat home cooked food, omega 3, 6,9 for skin and coat issues such as thinning hair or dry skin, coprophagia prevention supplements and those that promote good joint health (often given to seniors or those with previous ligament, joint, bone issues) 
We do have a few favorites and to see these, look to 'Supplements and Treats' in the Yorkie Specialty Shoppe

Canine Car Seat

If your Yorkie is not secure in a certified canine car seat when a passenger in the car with you, this put both you and your dog in terrible danger. No matter how great of a driver you may be, you have no control over the other drivers on the road nor the road conditions. 

If a vehicle traveling at 35 mph is involved in an accident, a Yorkshire Terrier that weighs 5 pounds (2.26 kg) will be thrown with the force of a 225 pound object (102 kg) object. This can cause severe bodily injury including broken bones, fractured neck, severe internal injury to vital organs and brain damage. 

For tiny toys breeds like the Yorkie, a booster seat is a must. This allows a dog to up high enough to have a line of sight out windows and to feel the breeze from a slightly opened window, which plays a huge role in helping to prevent motion sickness.

First Aid Items

There's no need to carry around a doctor's bag; however, you will find that having some essential items is a wise move. Should there be an emergency, you can react immediately. And if there are smaller issues, you can tend to your Yorkie right away without having to try to find what you need or run to the store. 

Here is a list of supplies to keep in a small bag (a makeup bag or even a gallon plastic zipper bag works well:
  • Betadine solution, gauze pads, paw bandages (all for treating cuts)
  • Canine thermometer, petroleum jelly (for taking your Chi's temperature)
  • Activated charcoal tablets, hydrogen peroxide, medicine syringe (used to treat ingestion of toxins, poisoning. Do NOT give unless you are given instructions by the vet to do so) 
  • Eye wash and/or artificial teats (to treat irritation to the eyes)
  • Bendadryl and baking soda (to treat bee/wasp/hornet stings)
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