Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Reduce Chances of Hypoglycemia
If you have a teacup puppy, you need to educate yourself on hypoglycemia. It is very severe and in some cases, fatal. However, it is preventable.

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Teacup vs toy breed puppy
A teacup puppy weighs four pounds or less when fully grown while a toy breed puppy weighs seven pounds or less at an adult. Toys are a group recognized by the AKC and other registries.

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What is hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia occurs when the blood sugar level drops to a dangerously low level. It is usually due to not eating or by using up all stored energy without replenishment. This can also be the result of nervous shivering or playing for an extended period.

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Symptoms of hypoglycemia

  • Lethargy
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  • Foamy saliva
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  • Unsteady gait
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  • Lying on one side
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  • Unresponsiveness
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  • Pale or white gums
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  • Vomiting clear or green bile

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Risks of hypoglycemia
The risks vary based on the extent and severity of the reduction in blood sugar. If it is due to shortage of food or overexertion, it can be quickly fixed. However, if there is a more serious underlying cause, hypoglycemia in teacup puppies may be chronic and life threatening.

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Causes of hypoglycemia

  • Stress
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  • Overhandling
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  • Changes in diet
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  • Not enough rest
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  • Inadequate nutrition

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Treating hypoglycemic
If your puppy is exhibiting symptoms of hypoglycemia, you must act quickly to restore the blood sugar level once it drops. Rub corn syrup or honey on the tongue and gums to restore glucose levels and get them to the vets before they go into a serious crash.

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Preventing hypoglycemia
It is simpler to prevent than treat hypoglycemia. Always make sure your teacup puppy eats every three to four hours, even if only a small amount that you have to hand feed. Simply having food accessible is not always reliable. You must monitor new teacup puppies very carefully for the first few days until they adjust to their new surrounding. It is critical that they eat and drink every few hours.

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Reducing the chances of hypoglycemia
Proper nutrition is key to the overall health of teacup puppies. There are vitamin supplements that you can provide to help prevent hypoglycemia. Most vitamins come in a low-volume vitamin and mineral supplement paste that are tasty and easy to rub on the gums and tongue..

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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