Yorkshire terriers are a hearty dog breed, but they do have sensitive stomachs. You may be tempted to share your food with your Yorkie to soothe her tender tummy, but remember that dogs will eat as much as you put in front of them, so obesity and overweight may also be a problem. There are many ways to control your Yorkie or other small dog's weight, and I will give you some suggestions on exactly how to do it.
- Feed your dog three small meals throughout the day, instead of feeding her just once a day. Just like with people, keeping the blood sugar level at any even rate, instead of allowing it to spike at different times, will keep your dog at a healthy weight. Also, the stomach acid will not be able to accumulate if you are feeding more than once each day.
- Do not give any dog trips, except on rare occasions. If you feed your dog several times each day they will not be hungry or require any additional food.
- Consider preparation your own dog food. There are so many healthy recipes available, and you will be able to use many foods that you are already preparing for your family. Sweet potatoes and carrots are good choices, as well as rice. I use long grain brown rice and prepare it twice a week so it does not run out. I do not add any salt or other spices to the rice I prepare for my animals.
Keeping your Yorkshire terrier at a healthy weight and feeding her a nutritious diet will reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease and give your dog a chance at a longer, healthier life.