HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU PRINT THIS PAGE & PLACE IT WITH YOUR EMERGENCY PAPERS IN YOUR HOME -AS IT CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE OF LIFE AND DEATH IN YOUR NEW PUPPY
HYPOGLYCEMIA/LOW BLOOD SUGAR
This is a disorder of the central nerve system cause by low blood sugar. It occurs mostly in toy breeds but can also occur in larger breeds as well. Hypoglycemia can occur without warning, when a puppy goes to a new home, misses a meal, or does not eat full meals, becomes chilled, overtired, or exhausted from too much handling or playing. Signs to look for are depression, weakness, being wobbly or jerky ( the head appears to be tilted to either left or right side, the neck appears to be stiff and in a “lock” position, and the body may soon appear the same way and the teeth may be clamped tightly), convulsions, seizures, or coma, which can result in death! Remember, this is only a puppy. Compare it with an infant child, which requires extra care. You would not wake your baby up to show friends and neighbors, so do not wake your puppy up as it needs rest too. This is very important to your puppies health.......LIMIT PLAY TIME TO 15 MINS...AND REMEMBER ...MOMMY KNOWS BEST !!!! AS a baby PUPPY WILL PlAY TIL EXHAUSTION OCCURS...
The blood levels of glucose must be restored immediately. Do not hesitate, your puppy’s life is at risk. If your puppy is conscious give a little honey or Karo syrup under it’s tongue, or rubbed on it’s gums ( do not pour excessive amounts into the mouth as the puppy could choke). The puppy should begin to improve within 10 minutes. If the puppy is unconscious, your veterinarian may have to administer a dextrose solution intravenously in order to save it’s life! CONTACT YOUR VET AT ONCE!
I PERSONALLY RECOMMEND KEEPING A TUBE OF NUTRACAL ON HAND FOR THIS PURPOSE /AND TO JUST GIVE AS A TREAT ONCE A DAY ---LESS THAN A PEA SIZE--- ATLEAST UNTIL AGE 4 MTHS--- AND THEN PERHAPS ONCE A MTH **JUST BECAUSE THEY LIKE IT... HOWEVER, NONE OF THIS IS NECESSARY ON A REGULAR BASIS** I have never had any hypoglycemia signs in any of my pups or my adults as pups---- however, I am at home with all of my babies...all day everyday and watch them very closely--- also, I strive not to let my pups go to their new home too soon... and i recommend that if you are going to be at work all day, that you get the pup at an older age....If my babies arent eating on their own 100 % , i will not let them go-so, plz do not ask me. To me, this would be equivalent to asking a neonatal unit if your preemie newborn can leave the hospital before the doctor is ready for them to be released ;)
Health--is my first concern, generally my babies are ready to leave between 10 & 12 wks---but, if one is teeny tiny size baby, and should need to stay here longer then it will be up to my discretion to decide when he/she leaves... as these have been my babies since birth and I have birthed each one by hand---with much pleasure...GENERALLY MY TEENIES CHARTING TO BE 2-3 LBS GROWN STAY UNTIL AGE 12- 17 WKS, UNLESS THEY MATURE QUICKER THAN I ANTICIPATE.