This may save your puppy’s life!
What is Hypoglycemia? Why is it often fatal?
Small breeds, due to their size and rapid metabolism, are prone to a condition called, hypoglycemia (hypo-gly-SEE-mia) or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when your puppy’s blood sugar level (glucose) falls below normal. Glucose is used by the body as fuel and is necessary for the brain tissue and muscles to function.
Hypoglycemia is often fatal but it is avoidable
if you are equipped with the proper knowledge
Some symptoms to watch for:
● Lethargy or undue fatigue
● Loss of appetite
● Wobbly / dizzy movement
● Loss of consciousness
● Trembling or shaking
What causes low blood sugar?
Hypoglycemia most readily occurs in puppies under 6 months of age though it is not unheard of in older dogs. It is related to the small size of a toy breeds’ immature liver while they are not yet full grown. The threat usually resolves as the dog matures.
A puppy knows no better. It will play until it drops. It may play so much that it is too tired to eat. It is up to you as a responsible owner to see that your puppy gets enough rest and enough food. Most very small puppies need as much as 20 hours of rest every day. Be especially aware of the amount of time children play with the puppy. These are babies and must be treated as such.
Your puppy’s blood sugar level can drop for many reasons. It can be caused by a stressful situation by a missed meal or even exhaustion from too much play or cuddling.
Puppy hypoglycemia can usually be overcome by feeding frequent meals. Since small puppies cannot eat a lot at one time, they literally run out of fuel quickly. Your Nutri-Cal, (refer to the Shopping List) should be used to keep your puppy’s blood sugar level normal. Nutri-cal can also be used to stimulate a puppy who is refusing to eat.
Squeeze about half a teaspoon onto your finger and place it in your puppy's mouth. About 20 minutes later your puppy’s appetite should return. If it does not, and you are seeing any of the symptoms described above,
GET YOUR PUPPY TO A VET IMMEDIATELTY
YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO TIME TO WASTE
You can find Nutri-Cal at Petco (not PetSmart) or at your veterinarian. Karo Syrup diluted in water is another alternative to keep their sugar level up when your puppy is stressed or simply having too much activity.
The best preventative for this, is to have a tube of Nutri-Cal on hand. It is an extremely good source of food and vitamins. It is also one of the best preventatives and/or cures for keeping your puppy from going into hypoglycemic shock. It is important for at least the first week or so, to remember to give your puppy a little bit (1 inch strip) of Nutri-Cal in the morning and in the evening.
If your puppy exhibits any of the symptoms of hypoglycemia and does not immediately respond to treatment with Nutri-Cal or Karo Syrup, get to a vet within an hour