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25 Best Foods for a Yorkie with Arthritis

| Published on May 6, 2023
Is your yorkie suffering from joint pain or arthritis? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Yorkie Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for a Yorkie with arthritis? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.


Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your yorkie’s diet, especially if they are suffering from arthritis or other medical issues. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

25 Best Dog Foods for a Yorkie with Arthritis or Joint Pain

Home cooking or a raw diet with omega oils or CBD oil adding green, lipid muscle for joint care there is no brand of dog food you make your own or you do a raw diet that would be the healthiest

Author: Lisa R.

Likes: 4

Science diet is all we’ve ever given our yorkie she’s 14 with no health issues

Author: Sondra Wardlow S.

Likes: 3

I brought supplements for my 2. One had trouble after x rays and biggish bill, vet said might be arthritis. Got on to web page. Gave glucosamine, one a day. So gave both dogs, look on web pages. Cleared up was OK after. Helps joints.

Author: Jacqueline B.

Likes: 3

Try 360 dog food. All freeze dried. We thought our schnauzer was acgonner. Started this and he is a new dog. Just google. Amazon carries it.

Author: Barbara Ann D.

Likes: 0

My Yorkie, Haley passed away 2 months ago … she would of been 16 this week. Her knees would pop out as a puppy- I started her on 1/4 pill of Dasuquin every day. It’s for joints! Her knees never popped out again. She still jumped up on our couch and would run up and down the hall chasing her toy…and able to go up and down 14 steps until her last day. I believe giving her the Dasuquin helped her. She ate steak ums and Angel hair everyday… regular dry dog food (very little every day)!

Author: Renae Tasser D.

Likes: 1

IDK a brand but tumeric is very good for them, the powder, my one dog has arthritis and I give her tumeric in her food once a day and you can see the change in her Now! It does work though

Author: Janice D.

Likes: 0

I have a 16 year old who at one point could hardly walk and had health issues that were-well frightening. I still feed him plain chicken cut small twice a day but his dry food is Authority -below. Only give his freeze dried chicken small pieces for treats. He loves all-what a change in him!!

Author: Pat Jones Crossman P.

Likes: 1

My dogs don’t have arthritis but I give them oven baked kibble by NULO which they love and my Yorkie get supplements by Naive Pet

Author: Apryl W.

Likes: 0

Farmer’s Dog. My Yorkie (age 10) was leaving food in her dish so we switched to Farmers Dog and she is like a puppy again!! It’s truly amazing.

Author: Janet Anthony C.

Likes: 0

I feed my Yorkie Natural Balance and give him Salmon Jerky treats

Author: Ignacio P.

Likes: 3

To be honest with you i switch my dogs food to fresh smart and let me tell you would not believe the change in my little senior he poor boy was falling all over the place to the point i use to pick him up to take him outside know he runs around like a puppy wagging his tail

Author: Lą T.

Likes: 0

FlexPet is a supplement, not a food, but it has done wonders for my 7 y.o. Yorkie’s hip dysplasia. Your vet could recommend which Hill’s Science Diet mixture food would be best.

Author: Carol N.

Likes: 0

Definitely canned meat with 4% or less fat. If she is overweight. U. Move tablets are brilliant for arthritic Joints. Both recommended by the vet, for my dog. Worked brilliant. Gud luck x

Author: Yvonne W.

Likes: 0

Primal, freeze dried nuggets is about the best !!!!

Author: Lisa Dockendorf K.

Likes: 2

Started giving my 12 year old turmeric for dogs noticed a big difference in his arthritis. It took about 2weeks to see a change.

Author: Ellen C.

Likes: 8

I have a yorkie that has it bad too, feed her True Solutions by Blue Buffalo called JOLLY JOINTS now she runs all over the back yard like a puppy she loves it

Author: Debbie Z.

Likes: 0

Health Extensions

Author: Jenny M.

Likes: 1

I only feed Royal canin with fish oil added for them old joints and a shiny coat.

Author: Jelaine K.

Likes: 2

I use freshpet and Marshall loves it

Author: Annie Walter L.

Likes: 0

I feed mine salmon Victors Ocean Blend or Purina Pro Plan for small breed .. my 18 year old is doing incredibly well on it

Author: Charise C.

Likes: 0

Mine has luxating patella, as many Yorkies get. I stopped feeding him store-bought food and put him on a diet of steamed chicken or turkey, vegetables and brown rice. He has improved significantly.

Author: Michael P.

Likes: 5

I recommend Royal Canin Adult Yorkie food..

Author: Max C L.

Likes: 1

Just food for dogs is what I give mine. And they make one specific for joints.

Author: Jenny P.

Likes: 0

Primal or Stella and chewys freeze dried raw patties has lots of nutrients

Author: Linda W.

Likes: 1


Managing arthritis in yorkies requires a holistic approach that emphasizes a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet. Integrating ingredients rich in fish oil for dogs, antioxidants, and natural supplements like glucosamine for dogs and chondroitin can significantly improve joint health and mobility. Consult with a veterinarian to personalize your yorkie’s dietary plan, accounting for breed, size, and specific health requirements. By incorporating these food recommendations and maintaining a healthy weight, you will not only alleviate your dog’s arthritis symptoms but also boost their overall well-being, ensuring a happier, more comfortable life for your yorkie. 
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