have recently heard of many stories from people
that have Yorkies that are not acting "normal".
I was also asked what medications I give my
dogs for their seizures to which I responded "my
dogs aren't on any medication for anything".
I was then told that a friend of his has 2
Yorkies, both on seizure medication and the vet
told them that this was common for that breed. I
found that hard to believe since none of mine have
this problem and this was the first time I
had ever heard that. I know several small
breeders and their dogs are not on "anti-seizure"
medication. In my research of the symptoms
described I found that the puppies could be suffering
from Liver Shunt Disease. I don't know very
much about it at this time as I have just started
the research, but it is very bad. There is the possibility
of doing surgery for it that runs a mere $2,000.00
or more. What is sad is that most of these people
don't even know that their dog has a real problem.
Yorkies should not be running into walls "for
no reason", pressing their head against the
wall or other solid objects, they should not present
major behavioral abnormalities such as circling,
disorientation, listlessness, unresponsiveness, balance problems,
into space, seizures, and they do not have a quiet demeanor. There are other
signs of the disease but these are the ones that
I heard or read during my research.
your time with your purchase of a puppy. When you
visit them make sure you see at least one of the
parents (best to see both) and the whole litter
if possible. Also, consider the warranty offered
and if there is one offered. Check the puppy
over carefully and see if you can see previous puppies
that the breeder has sold. Try to research and study
the breed you are considering so that you will have
some idea if the puppy is a healthy representation
of the breed.
are new family members. They will be with
you for a long time. Try to make sure that
this member will be a happy and healthy new addition
to your household.