How to Prevent and Treat Hypoglycemia.
Low Blood Sugar in puppies, is caused by fasting (too much time between meals). We leave our puppies with food at all times. In rare cases hypoglycemia may continue to be a problem in mature, usually very small, Yorkies. It is often seen in Yorkie puppies at 5 to 16 weeks of age. Very tiny Yorkie puppies are especially predisposed to hypoglycemia because a lack of muscle mass makes it difficult to store glucose and regulate blood sugar. Factors such as stress, fatigue, a cold environment, poor nutrition, and a change in diet or feeding schedule may bring on hypoglycemia. Low blood sugar can also be the result of a bactieral infection, parasite, or portosystemic liver shunt. Hypoglycemia causes the puppy to become drowsy, listless (glassy-eyed), shaky, uncoordinated, since the brain relies on sugar to function. During a hypoglycemic attack, the puppy usually has very pale or grey gums. The puppy also may not eat unless force-fed. Hypoglycemia and dehydration seem to go hand-in-hand, and force-feeding or injecting fluids may also be necessary. Additionally, a hypoglycemic Yorkie may have a lower than normal body temperature. and, in extreme cases, may have a seizure or go into a coma. A dog showing symptoms should be given sugar in the form of Honey or NutriCal and be treated by a veterinarian immediately, as prolonged or recurring attacks of hypoglycemia can permanently damage the dog's brain. In severe cases it can be fatal.
How to treat Hypoglycemia Until you get to the Vet!!
You should always take your Yorkie to the vet if you suspect he or she has hypoglycemia. However there are certian measures that should be taken as soon as you find your yorkie puppy has these symptoms.
* You should immediatly take your puppy to the vet!!!
* You should warm your puppy up* Often times their body temp has fallen. A heating pad is a great way to slowly heat the puppy. A portable heating pad is a great option for the trip to the vet.
* You should give your puppy a Honey * or Nutri Cal in their mouth rub on the roof of their mouth.
* You should not try to feed your puppy until their body temp has went back up.
* Once your puppy has gotten their energy back do not let them immediatly run or jump around and play they will use that energy up fast and their is a chance they will go right back down.
* Be sure to eliminate the stress that caused the episode if at all possible.
When you get your puppy home
* if your puppy doesn't want to eat you can mix chicken broth, plain yogart, or cottage cheese with your puppies food. You can also mix a little canned food.
* If your puppy doesn't want to eat make sure you give your puppy Nutri Cal or Honey.