Morkie puppy proofing
Keep your Morkie safe with these puppy proofing tips
Morkies are super small dogs, and like their parents – the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese – they’re inquisitive and curious. So be sure your home is safe, and keep your little Morkie pal healthy and happy!
Four out of five top Morkie health problems can be avoided with good puppy proofing
Most veterinarians and animal experts agree, that the top 5 sources of Morkie health problems are:
1. genetics – those diseases that Morkies tend to get, through their Yorkie and Maltese genes
2. certain people food
3. common household and garden plants
4. everyday items around your home
5. human medications
We can’t do a lot about #1, other than be careful where we get our puppy – but problems #2 through #5 can be minimized or avoided altogether with good dog proofing of your home.
Let’s get started.
First, take a look arond your home from your Morkie’s point of view… yes that’s right get down on the ground and look around.
What looks interesting, yummy or exciting?
That’s what your Morkie will go for! Some of the dangers are:
- cupboards that can be opened – your Morkie could get into medications, household cleaners and dangerous chemicals
- toxic household plants
- everyday things in our homes like tangled electrical cords
Common household plants that are poisonous … especially for tiny dogs like Morkies include cyclamen, azaleas and rhododendrons, tulips, daffodils, Sago palms, holly, calla lilies, ivy and Philodendron.
The ASPCA has a full list of poisonous plants here.
Another common danger? Tangled electric cords. Puppies especially, love to chew them – the results can be terrible burns or electrocution! The solution? Bundle them together and lift them out of your Morkie’s reach. You can also try Bitter Apple, a harmless paint-on flavoring available from PetSmart. It will keep your dog from chewing cords, hard furniture, baseboards…almost anything around your home. BONUS: you can also spray this unpleasant yet harmless taste on your Morkie’s fur to discourage licking, chewing and biting. Keeps dogs from licking wounds and hot-spots, so they have a chance to heal properly.
USE BABY PROOFING LATCHES to keep your Morkie out of cupboards – under the kitchen sink, in the bathroom, the garage or anywhere in your home there are dangerous chemicals, cleaners and of course, your own medications. Keep them all in a closed cabinet, well out of reach of your dog. Some of the most common and harmful medications that poison dogs include Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen; Antidepressants and Isoniazid, a tuberculosis drug. If you happen to drop a pill on the floor, be sure to look for it immediately.
And finally be aware of people food that can make your dog very, very ill!
We all know things like chocolate for dogs is a big no-no, but did you know these foods can be very dangerous too?
- Alcoholic beverages, even a few drops
- Avocado, especially the avocado pit
- Coffee (all forms)
- Fatty foods – too much for a small dog’s liver to handle
- Macadamia nuts – who knew!
- Moldy or spoiled foods
- Onions, onion powder
- Raisins and grapes
- Yeast dough