Diarrhea, Vomiting, and Refusal to Eat

An occasional stomach upset is to be expected and is not generally a cause for concern. As long as it lasts only a day or so, you can just ride it out. But if it continues for two or three days, you need to see your veterinarian. These conditions can worsen quickly with Yorkshire terriers.

Diarrhea

If your Yorkie's stools are looser than usual, or even liquid, she's suffering from diarrhea. There can be a large number of causes — a little touch of an intestinal bug, internal parasites, unusual levels of excitement or anxiety, or eating something that just doesn't agree with her. Many diseases can also cause diarrhea.

On the first day you notice the diarrhea, you shouldn't feed your Yorkie. Make sure plenty of cool clean water is available, but give the digestive tract a chance to settle down. On the second day, offer bland foods such as cottage cheese or boiled chicken with the skin removed, mixed with rice. If the diarrhea hasn't resolved by the second day, see your veterinarian.

If the diarrhea is bloody or black (which indicates blood), tarry looking, or unusually yellow and fatty looking, don't wait to see your veterinarian. If it's accompanied by vomiting or a fever, that also necessitates an immediate veterinary visit.

Vomiting

Vomiting can also be caused by a variety of factors, including high levels of anxiety or excitement, eating something that doesn't agree with the dog, or eating too quickly. A number of diseases can cause vomiting as well.

While it may be upsetting to see your dog vomit, dogs are actually quite good at bringing up offending foods or particles. If the vomiting is just a momentary upset, your dog will likely appear completely unfazed by it. In this case, try not to overreact.

Like diarrhea, if vomiting is mild, you can withhold food for a day to give matters a chance to quiet down. Then offer only a spoonful or two of bland food and wait to see if your Yorkie keeps it down. If all goes well, offer a little more. Return to regular meals gradually.

Violent vomiting and vomiting accompanied by diarrhea both require an immediate visit to the veterinarian. So does vomit containing blood or worms (which may look like grains of rice), vomit that smells like feces, and vomiting that continues even after the dog has been fasting.

Refusal to Eat

Yorkshire terriers can be fussy eaters, and you can help make them that way by catering to their whims. It's not unusual for a small dog to skip a meal or even a day's worth of meals now and then. Don't rush to offer delicacies to entice your Yorkie to eat — you'll teach your dog to hold out for better, and create a manipulativecreature with an unbalanced diet. Just offer the regular meal, and if the dog doesn't eat, offer it again at the next mealtime. If you absolutely have to do something, try warming the meal slightly — dogs find warm food more appealing.

Continued refusal to eat could indicate dental problems or a viral infection of some kind. Either of these, as well as refusal to eat accompanied by weakness or depression, requires a veterinary visit.

If you can see a foxtail in your Yorkie's ear or nose, don't try to remove it unless you're sure of your abilities. Unsuccessful removal attempts can actually drive the weed seed farther in and cause significant problems.

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