Although you may never deal with Hypoglycemia, it is best to be educated just in case. Hypoglycemia is a nervous system disorder caused by low blood sugar. It occurs mainly in Toy breeds between 6 and 12 weeks old. After twelve weeks, growth spurts have calmed and this is less of a worry.
Often it is brought on by stress of illness, stress of a new home, stress of immunizations, over activity, getting wore out, or not eating frequent enough, cold temps or being chilled, and even parasites.

Signs

The first signs are  listlessness and depression. Then, loss of appetite,  drooling, muscular weakness, wobbling, shivering or tremors, vomiting, diarrhea,  and pale gums. Your puppy may lay on it's side and paddle its feet as if swimming in place. If not treated then you can experience seizures, coma and death. The entire sequence is not always seen, you may have some or all of these symptoms in any order.

Hypoglycemia can occur without warning when a puppy is placed in a new home, or during any of the above conditions, or while being shipped. This is one reason why we do not ship our puppies.

A check of the gums will show them to be pale, almost a greyish white in color instead of bright pink. If not cared for properly and quickly your puppy could die.

TREATMENT

Treatment is restoring blood levels of glucose. BEGIN IMMEDIATELY. Prolonged or repeated attacks can
cause permanent damage to the brain. If the puppy is awake give NUTRI-STAT,  or Karo syrup, pancake syrup, or  honey, or sugar in water by mouth. You should begin to see an improvement in 30 minutes. Small doses of sugary substances may need to be administered as frequent as every hour until well. If your pup is unconscious, rub sugary substance into the gums and a Veterinarian should be called at once.

 Recovery diet: GLOP


Prevention

Prevent  attacks by feeding a high-quality, high carb, high protein diet 3 to 4 times a day.  It's best to just "free feed" Maltese, especially as puppies. This means leaving food out at all times. And if you just brought your puppy home, pay close attention to whether or not he is eating and how often. If he is stressed from the transition, you may need to force feed him some high calorie food with a syringe to prevent an attack until he is eating and comfortable in your home. Probiotics are always a useful supplement to feed your dog or puppy all the time! They create a healthy gut and help cope with stress.

Owners of Toy puppies should not overtire them. I know it's exciting to bring home a new puppy, show it off to friends and take it shopping! But this all comes in due time. Your new puppy needs the first week of his new home to be stress free, quiet, and comforting. You are bringing home a new baby literally, and I can't express this enough.

 This all sounds scarey But, is common and everyone with a small breed puppy needs to know just how serious this can be if it arises and if not treated. Be educated and be prepared before your puppy comes home. It's better to be safe than sorry. And don't stress. With proper diet and care hopefully you will never have to deal with hypoglycemia.  None of my adults ever had issues with it, it's just a matter of all the wrong circumstances raising the odds.






First Aide Kit


(You can find these things in our store)

Karo syrup, honey, or pancake syrup

Nutri-cal

Nutri-stat

Bene-bac (pro-biotics) or Probios

syringes

Clinicare, goats milk, or other liquid meal re-placer

our glop recipe




 
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