Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar in teacup puppies can be a very debilitating issue which could lead to their death when not detected early and treated properly.
This is a very common occurrence in teacup puppies and it is important to learn how to recognize the early warning signs on what to do when your puppy is in the middle of hypoglycemia episode.
Hypoglycemia is a serious side effect of excessive insulin. This usually happens with young toy breed puppies which mature less than ten pounds adult size but usually becomes a serious issue with tiny sized puppies which are expected to mature at around or below five pounds of body weight.
Hypoglycemia need not to be a fatal or life threatening condition. If you want to have a teacup puppy as a pet, you have to prepare yourself in advanced for hypoglycemic episodes. You also have to learn how you can recognize when your puppy is in the early stages of hypoglycemia and what you should do when this happens. Usually, hypoglycemia in teacup puppies is not a genetic problem or disease instead it is a care issue.
There are important things to prevent hypoglycemic episodes. Low blood sugar is actually caused by the imbalance in the calorie intake of puppies. There can be three reasons why teacup puppies can be suffering from low blood sugar. First is the food intake in which the puppy is not eating sufficiently. Next is high stress level. Both negative and positive aspects could lead to stress. Only because the puppy is delighted to play with you does not always mean it won’t crash and go hypo on you later on. The last reason is the fact that it is not getting enough rest and sleep.
There are some warnings when the teacup puppies are in the early stages of hypoglycemic episode. When you know what to look for and take the right action, you can head this off by supportive care as well as proper feeding.
Hypoglycemia is very common in toy breeds and it is basically the sudden fall in the normal sugar level. Sugar or glucose is the main source of energy of the body especially in the muscles and brain. The liver is storing and releasing glucose into the blood stream as it is required. The signs of hypoglycemia include muscle weakness, listlessness, shivering, drowsiness, seizures, tremors, disorientation and collapsing. It usually occurs due to stress, poor nutrition, excessive exercise or work, illness sudden change in food and schedules and low body temperature. In adult dogs, low sugar levels can occur as a side effective of severe Addison’s disease, pancreatic tumors, liver disease, hormone imbalance, pregnancy complication and sepsis.
It is very important to keep yourself aware of these important matters before you consider bringing home a teacup puppy that you wish to take care of. It demands a lot of knowing how to prevent hypoglycemia that often occurs in teacup puppies and in understanding how to provide proper nutrition to make them healthy.
Hypoglycemia is not a illness and can be prevented with proper diet and nutrition. Our warranty does not cover for this syndrome and it is buyers responsibility to prevent their puppy from hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia is a syndrome that occurs primarily in toy breeds between 6 and 12 weeks of age.
A hypoglycemic attack is often precipitated by stress. The typical signs are listlessness, depression, staggering gait, muscular weakness,
and tremors-especially of the face. Puppies with a severe drop in blood sugar develop seizures or become stuporous and go into a coma. Death can follow.
This particular sequence of symptoms is not always seen. through. For example, some puppies exhibit only weakness or a wobbly gait. Occasionally a puppy who seemed just fine is found in coma.
Episodes of hypoglycemia often occur without warning-for example, when a puppy is stressed by shipping.
Other common causes of acute hypoglycemia are missing a meal, chilling, becoming exhausted from too much play, or having an upset stomach. These events place an added strain on the energy reserves of the liver.
Prolonged or repeated hypoglycemic attacks in toy breed puppies can cause brain damage. Puppies with frequent attacks should undergo veterinary testing to rule out an underlying problem.
Treatment: The treatment of an acute attack is aimed at restoring the blood sugar. Begin immediately.
If the puppy is awake and able to swallow, give corn syrup or sugar water by
syringe, or rub corn syrup, honey, or glucose paste on the gums. You should see improvement in 30 minutes. If not, call your veterinarian.
If the pup is unconscious, do not give an oral solution because it will be inhaled.
Rub corn syrup, honey, or glucose paste ( nutrical or dyne supplements) on the gums and proceed at once to your veterinarian. This puppy will require an intravenous dextrose solution and may need to be treated for brain swelling.
Oral glucose paste is sold at pharmacies. If you know your dog is subject to hypoglycemic attacks, keep this product on hand.
Prevention: Susceptible puppies should be fed at least four times a day.
It is important to feed a high-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet. It is essential that the diet be high quality.
Your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate premium food.
Food supplements and table scraps should not exceed 5 to 10 percent of the total daily ration.
Owners of toy puppies should take precautions to see that they do not become excessively tired or chilled. Many (but not all) puppies outgrow this problem.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia are:
Lethargy, Excessive salivations, dilated pupils, weak, wobbly, cant stand or walking around in disoriented state, seizures, and hypothermia.
It is most frequent first thing in the morning but can happen at any time during the day.