When Is a Yorkie a Senior?
While larger dogs are said to enter their golden years at age seven, smaller dogs delay that until age ten. Of course, this is a generalization. Here are a few signs that your Yorkie is entering her senior years:
Slower growing, thinning hair
Graying on the muzzle and/or over the eyes
Lower energy level, more time spent sleeping
Increased reluctance to go out when it's cold
Hazy or bluish eyes
Increased dental problems
Stiffness in legs
You could also see a sudden increase or decrease in appetite, a need to urinate more frequently, increased water consumption, or skin problems. All of these can be signs of disease processes common to older dogs, so if you see any of them, you should schedule a veterinary exam.
Make note of any changes you observe in your Yorkie. If she seems to drink a lot on one day, but then goes back to normal, it's not a problem. But if the increased drinking recurs, you'll be able to check your notes and tell your veterinarian when the behavior first showed up.