Hypoglycemia

 

What is it, and why you need to be aware of it. For those of you purchasing a puppy, you MUST sign below stating that you have read this disclosure.

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the most common disorder of the metabolism seen in small, young puppies. Very young puppies cannot tolerate more than a few hours of going without food.

 

Common Signs

The common signs of hypoglycemia are weakness, wobbling, drooling, pale bluish-looking gums, dizziness, confusion, fainting, or seizures (convulsions). These signs are most likely to be seen first thing in the morning after the puppy has gone without food all night. Another frequent time that these signs may occur is after a long period of playing.

 

Prevention

Feed several meals a day consisting of high-calorie, protein puppy food. This should include a middle-of-the-night feeding for tiny puppies. Dry food is generally best for puppies, but puppies may prefer canned food, or cooked chicken that is not greasy or spicy chopped up small, and put on top of their food. Also, they usually love Stella and Chewy’s chicken meal mixers and/or Fresh Pet crumbled on top of their food. As a precaution, it is recommended to give a small amount of Nutri-Cal, Karo syrup (the clear kind), or honey 2-3 times a day for the first few weeks to keep blood sugar stable. Puppies less than 3 lbs should be fed 3-4 times daily.

 

Emergency Treatment

At the first sign of weakness or loss of coordination, give the puppy about 1/2 teaspoon of Karo syrup, honey, or Nutri-Cal. Administer slowly with an oral dosing syringe or with your finger, on the side of the puppy’s mouth. You should see the puppy return to normal within 10-15 minutes. If there is no improvement, contact your veterinarian IMMEDIATELY.

**Hypoglycemia is NOT covered under the Health Guarantee and Contract. It is the BUYER’S responsibility to make sure the puppy is eating enough to prevent hypoglycemia from occuring.**

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