Monday, May 9, 2011

Morkie Care Tips: What You Need to Know Before Getting a New Puppy

It's Mila again, checking back in with my loyal readers.

Last time we chatted, I touched on caring for a Morkie. This time, I want to talk to you a little more about what's involved in taking care of our particular breed. For the most part, it is just like having any other dog, but you should know that we do require a little extra special care.



Grooming 

The most important grooming tip you should know before getting a Maltese-Yorkie (Morkie) puppy: If you don't regularly keep up on our grooming, you will need to spend extra time on it later.

Morkies typically have soft, fine hair that grows and grows. It needs to be combed and brushed daily to prevent tangles; most pet parents like to give us "puppy cuts" to keep our hair short and manageable. When my hair starts to grow out, I really get scruffy looking! In fact, I was just at the groomer for the first time a few weeks ago (my mom has always cut my hair herself), and my hair is already starting to get shaggy.

My eyes get really watery, too. When the hair gets too long around my eyes, it pokes them and tears run down my face, leaving red stains. This means the hair around my eyes needs to be trimmed often.

I used to be terrified of the nail clippers. I was really good at struggling when they came out! But I usually get treats when I sit still, so I'm getting better now.

Oh, and I really, really don't like baths. When I'm in the tub, I pace back and forth, hoping the water will miss me. Once, last summer, I learned how to swim...only after being plopped in the swimming pool. I swam straight to the edge and climbed out. But, if I don't get washed up every week or two, my hair gets ultra oily.

Feeding

You should know that Morkies are susceptible to hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar.

This means, if we get too busy playing, we might forget to eat and suddenly pass out. There are tubes of calorie-packed paste that can be used to get our blood sugar back up quickly.

Of course, you should always feed your pets the best quality food you can afford. Morkies don't have large appetites, but we should optimally be fed three small meals a day. You will want to avoid giving your puppy table scraps, although certain human foods are okay in moderation.

Health

Being a small breed dog, Morkies are susceptible to most any small breed health problem. 

Myself, I have luxating patellas, or slipping kneecaps. I will eventually need surgery to correct them, but for now, they don't bother me much. I just walk kind of funny sometimes.

And you should take your dog to the veterinarian for vaccinations and yearly exams. They will give you heartworm prevention medicine - heartworms are very dangerous - and flea and tick medicine. Other than that, just make sure to keep your pet healthy and happy, and bring him/her to the vet if anything seems wrong.

These are the most important Morkie care tips to remember. You can read more about caring for your Morkie dog here.

XOXO
Mila

4 comments:

  1. i just found your blog loveing it my daughter has a blog also its called Debbiedoos .I love how you have all the great info on Morkies i have a little girl Morkie named Beatrice she looks just like yours they are the sweetest dogs ever and so so smart .I will be back to read more :)

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  2. Your blog is really fun to read i luv it i have a more as well and I have a blog for him to it is called DaLilaspooch....
    Anyways your cute pie is just so adorable:-)

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  3. I bought a morkie that is 7 weeks old. The very gave us medicine to give him fur the first week he is with us. He is now getting sick frequently. Other than taking him to the vet, which we are. Is there something we are doing wrong

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    1. Check your food, I just got a morkie and they
      Had me give it dog milk until they adjust to food and get a high quality food. Ask at the vet or just google mine is on blue buffalo puppy mix dry and a soft puppy plate make sure you feed 3-4 small meals check bag for quantity as they don't eat much

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