Hypoglycemia Requires Quick Intervention in Toy Breeds

Our puppies are eating on their own when they are sold.   Please make sure to follow the feeding instructions that we provide at the time of purchase.

Always leave food and water next to the puppy at all times.  DO NOT PULL THE FOOD.

Leave the puppy in a contained area so he/ she knows where the food is at all times.  Change the food twice a day.

Mix wet and dry food for the first two weeks

Give puppy milk twice a day for the first two weeks after meals.

Do not change the puppy’s food as this can make he/she ill.   If decide to change the food you must do it gradually by mixed a little bit of the new food slowly.

If you feel that your puppy is not eating call us right away because they can’t skip meals.   You should always have karo syrup or pancake syrup at home.  If the puppy has an episode call us immediately and give 3 cc of syrup and take the puppy to the hospital.  Puppies can pass away if they do not eat.

Toy-breed dogs are not only at risk for hypoglycemia, they can die from the low blood sugar disorder if they do not receive prompt treatment.

When a dog’s blood sugar, or glucose, level drops, it can affect neurological function. Disorientation, tremors and coma may occur. Normally, hormones stimulate the breakdown of stored glycogen to supply the brain and other tissues with fuel. In toy breeds, this process may not happen fast enough, and hypoglycemia results.

Juvenile hypoglycemia occurs in puppies less than 3 months of age. Because puppies have not fully developed the ability to regulate blood glucose concentration and have a high requirement for glucose, they are vulnerable. Stress, cold, malnutrition and intestinal parasites also may trigger juvenile hypoglycemia.

Signs of hypoglycemia are loss of appetite, extreme lethargy, lack of coordination, trembling, muscle twitching, weakness, seizures, and discolora­tion of skin and gums. Most dogs will not eat or drink when they are in low sugar shock.

Simple cases of hypoglycemia can occur when a dog is overly active with too much time between meals or fasts before vigorous exercise.

Puppies and adult dogs that appear to be in a stupor or coma during a hypoglycemic attack should immediately be given sugar water or an oral concentrated solution of glucose, such as corn syrup or Nutri-Cal. Owners of toy breeds should have a glucose source readily available. In an emergency situation, owners should dab sugar water on or under the tongue. The sugar is absorbed directly through the tissue into the bloodstream.

Breeders and owners should pro­actively look for signs of hypoglycemia in their puppies and should frequently feed toy-breed puppies as a preventive measure. Breeders also are encouraged to include information about hypoglycemia in packets they send with puppies going to new homes. Sharing information may help save a dog’s life.

Signs of Hypoglycemia

  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme lethargy
  • Lack of coordination
  • Trembling
  • Muscular twitching
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Unusual behavior
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stupor or coma