My Yorkie Is Not Acting Right (What’s Wrong And What Do I Do?)


yorkie after vomiting

Yorkies may vomit for a variety of reasons.

  • After eating grass: this is usually a remedy Yorkies use to clear indigestion.
  • Upset stomach: throwing up after eating. Spoilt food, food-borne illnesses, over-eating, food allergies, or eating something toxic can cause this type of vomiting.
  • Diseases: infectious diseases, bowel disease, Addison’s disease, certain metabolic diseases, cancer, pancreatitis, etc. can cause severe vomiting in dogs.
  • Gastric dilation Volvulus or bloat: although this isn’t common in the Yorkshire Terrier breed, it can be a cause of vomiting after eating. The stomach twists due to gas and food causing pain. Emergency surgery is the only treatment for bloat.
  • Kidney or liver failure: both can also result in severe vomiting.
What To Do

If the vomiting persists, your dog is unable to eat or sleep, or if there is blood in the vomit, then see your vet right away.


Yorkies with runny, watery poop have diarrhea. Your dog might have several bowel movements every few hours. Common causes include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Parasites
  • Stress
  • Spoiled food or food poisoning
  • Food allergies/sensitivity, or intolerance
  • Disease and certain medicines
  • Overeating
What To Do

Sometimes, your dog might self-regulate. Let the toxins pass so your Yorkie can spring back to normal. Mash up some pumpkin puree and add it to your dog’s food.

According to AKC experts, pumpkin regulates a dog’s bowel movements. It can help prevent diarrhea and constipation as well. If symptoms persist or worsen, see your vet.

Not Eating

yorkie refusing food

Most Yorkies eat less in warmer months. This is quite normal. Also, Yorkies may eat less as they age. They do not need as many calories as they grow older.

However, if your food-loving Yorkie suddenly stops eating and shows a general lack of appetite, then it could be a sign of sickness. Causes of a loss of appetite include:

  • Infections
  • Disease
  • Pain
  • Liver or kidney issues
  • Dental issues
  • Cancer
What To Do

Feed your dog bland food such as chicken and rice, bone broth, etc. (but make sure you do not give your Yorkie chicken bones!). If your Yorkie has not eaten for more than two days, please see your vet.

Changes In Urination

If your Yorkie is peeing too often or too little, that could also indicate an illness. Urinary tract infection, diabetes, or other ailments could cause changes in urination in dogs.

What To Do

Please discuss any urination changes in your Yorkie with your vet. See the vet immediately if there is blood in your dog’s urine.

Breathing Changes

yorkie breathing weird

These can range from wheezing to shortness of breath to gagging. It may or may not be accompanied by coughing. Causes of breathing issues in Yorkies include respiratory infections, influenza, heart-related issues, or heartworms.

What To Do
  • Observe your dog for a day or two. If it appears to be struggling to breathe, see your vet immediately.

Behavioral Changes

Changes in personality and temperament, especially signs of aggression, biting, growling, hiding, or showing protectiveness towards a body part, could indicate illness. Your Yorkie might be in pain. A broken bone, injuries, infections, etc. could be the cause.

What To Do

See your vet right away.

Changes In Gait Or Trouble Walking

If a Yorkie has hip dysplasia, arthritis, a fracture, or other joint-related issues, it might limp, or hop. Your dog might also be reluctant to exercise, run, etc.

What To Do

Allow your dog to rest for a day or two. If the limp persists, see your vet.

Itching, Gnawing, Chewing, Biting

If your Yorkie is constantly chewing or biting itself or its paws, it could be due to external parasites or food or environmental allergies. Hormonal issues may also be a cause.

What To Do

If your dog has hair loss, rashes, oozing skin, blisters, abnormal odor, etc. please see your vet.

Common Diseases in Yorkies: Symptoms and Treatment

Here is a table showing some other common illnesses in Yorkies along their symptoms and with steps you can take to treat them.

Ear InfectionsShaking the head, pawing ears, scratching, oozing ear, odor from the earAntibiotics or antifungal medicine
CancerLumps, bumps, bloody diarrhea or vomit, lack of appetite, behavioral changes, lethargyChemotherapy, surgery, natural or alternative remedies
DiabetesFrequent urination, increased thirst, lethargy, appetite changesDietary changes, insulin
ObesityExcess weight around ribs, difficulty walking, lethargyPortion control, dietary changes, exercise
Heat StrokePanting, drooling, lethargy, increased heart rate, pale gums, vomitingCooling, hydration, emergency IV fluids
GiardiaDiarrhea, vomiting, weight lossAntibiotics
RingwormLesions on the skin, itching, dandruff, hair lossMedicated shampoos, anti-fungal medicines (topical and oral)

Yorkie Not Acting Right: Final Thoughts

People often find it difficult to distinguish between standard odd Yorkie behavior and worrying behavior. That is why we get a lot of questions that begin with “My Yorkie is not acting right….”

But you can generally tell the difference pretty easily. If your Yorkie is just being weird, that’s pretty normal. But if there is a sudden change in a specific behavior, like the ones listed above, there is a good change your pup is suffering somehow. If you can’t tell how, we strongly recommend seeing a vet, just to be safe.


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