Puppy Hypoglycemia: Low Blood Sugar

Hypoglycemia simply means a low blood sugar. Glucose is the form of sugar found within the bloodstream.

Glucose is formed during the digestion of foods and it can be stored within the liver in a storage form called glycogen.

Most instances of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in the puppy are the result of inadequate nutrition, or

 (playing/running for extended periods of time, without refueling, shivering out of nervousness or being chilled, stress, etc…).

Either not enough or poor quality (undigestible) food. Excessive exercise may also cause the body to use up more sugar than is available.

This is why we ask that you FREE FEED our Morkie baby. Hypoglycemia is completely preventable!

It is much easier and cheaper to PREVENT hypoglycemia, than to treat it. 

What are the symptoms?

A puppy with hypoglycemia will lack energy. Glucose (sugar) is the fuel the body burns for energy; without it the puppy is listless.

In severe instances, the puppy may even seizure, since glucose is necessary for the brain tissue and muscles to function.

These hypoglycemic episodes will cause the puppy to fall over and appear weak or comatose.

This can be a costly lesson….It will cost you $200 and up, to have a Vet give your puppy fluids to restore his/her supply, when this can be saving you money and your puppy a stressful situation, by merely ensuring that your new puppy can eat whenever they know they are hungry, and have access to food and water at ALL times!

What are the risks?

The risks depend on the severity or extent of the lack of blood sugar. If it is due to lack of food or excessive exercise it can be easily corrected.

What is the management?     

If a puppy is listless due to low blood sugar, it is imperative to immediately provide sugar.                   

Karo syrup and honey are excellent sugar sources and should be fed to the puppy. 

We recommend that you offer your new puppy some honey water, by putting a teaspoon of honey in his/her water upon arriving at their new home.

Often the trip from our home to yours is a good 8 hours, upon which they will not have eaten properly or enough.

Offering them some honey water, will pick up their glucose levels, and will perk them up, to feel better, and to transition much better! 

Individual Meals or Free Choice???

Due to their small tummies and high metabolisms, tiny Toy and Teacup puppies need to eat more than once or twice a day.

My recommendation-and the least complicated feeding schedule to implement-is to have dry food available free choice!

This means there is always dry food in the bowl which is in the exercise pen or readily accessible in its living area, and the puppy can get to it 24/7.

That also means, that if you are carrying the puppy around with you a lot, you need to take it back into it’s exercise pen at least once every hour or more often, for it to snack a bit and grab a few mouthfuls!!!

Having food available Free Choice is the easiest way to assure yourself that your itty bitty pup has access to dry puppy food all the time, even if you are not home, or are running late.

This also covers the spouse or kids “forgetting to do” a routine meal, day trips or unexpected delays that keep you from getting home on time for the next meal.

Neglecting to not monitoring food intake, or on the other spectrum, providing your pup with low quality dog nutrition or over-sized bites that it cannot manage without frustration, will sooner or later most certainly cause hypoglycemic episodes! Most Toy breed dogs tend to be nibblers.

Talk to anyone who has one-many will pick up a mouthful from the bowl in the kitchen and carry it into a different room, eat it under the kitchen or dining room table, or sneak it into their pen or bed and consume it there.

It seems to be a size specific idiosyncrasy-both my smaller Maltese and Yorkies tend to do this, and I have observed other Toy breeds doing the same.

What this really means-other than having dog food crumbles where you would really prefer they are no, LOL-is that many are actually “snacking” or “grazing” throughout the day, rather than settling down to one or two large meals and be done eating. A lot like how some humans eat.

They simply cannot wait to be fed, if their last meal was in the morning, and they have to wait all day until dinner time!

Having food available 24/7 or a “free choice feeding schedule”, allows for snacking and grazing, and will keep your pup eating occasionally throughout the day, which is ideal for “Teacup puppies and Tiny Toys.

 

 

 

 

 
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