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Q: Are Yorkies prone to food allergies?

November 5, 2008 | By Karla R. | 5 answers | Expired: 2231 days ago

Are Yorkies prone to food allergies?

What kind of food is best for a Yorkie? My Mom adopted one that always seems to be itching and drags herself across the floor like she is itchy but does not have fleas or lice.

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Marnie B.
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Nov 05, 2008

How is she dragging herself along the floor? If she is dragging her rear-end, she may need her anal glands expressed. You can have your vet or a groomer take care of this for you.

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Yvonne
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Nov 05, 2008

chicken and rice is always the easiest on the stomach of any animal, but if she is itching and there are no fleas she could have some sort of crabs, we can not see, take her to the vet for a skin scrape, plus you can always add some fish oil to the food this will help with dry skin, you can probably get that at a GNC vitamin store. I use it on my pick a pug who does the same thing, it could also be nerves especially if she came from a breeder, there is a lot of cross breeding these days brothers and sister, but still take her to the vet for the skin scrape first. Good luck

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Ethel02
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Nov 05, 2008

If she's dragging her butt on the floor she may need her anal glands cleaned, her Vet can check it.

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Sheltervt
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Nov 05, 2008

the most common food allergens for ANY breed are beef, corn, wheat, soy, dairy, and eggs. Avoid them, and you should be good. Additionally, choose a food without glutens, vegetable proteins, and byproducts to ensure that you are feeding a great food.

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Butte Humane S.
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Nov 05, 2008

Health Problems
Some Yorkies are prone to bronchitis and early tooth decay, poor tolerance of anaesthetic, and delicate digestion. Exotic treats should be avoided. They sometimes suffer paralysis in the hindquarters caused by herniated disks and other problems of the spine. Falls or knocks can cause fractures of fragile bones. Abnormal skull formations in Yorkies measuring less then 8 inches (20cm). Bitches often have trouble delivering. The very tiny "teacup" Yorkies often have serious health and behavioral problems. Be sure to feed Yorkies dry food (canned food can be added) to help keep their teeth clean and strong. They should get their teeth cleaned at the Vet to keep them from falling out and creating infection.

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