Hypoglycemia

All the Yorkies on my pages will be called JD to substitute she or he


Traditional puppy for saleHypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is a condition that occurs mainly in small breed puppies and in adults weighing around 2 lbs or less, sometimes even those that weigh more. It happens more times in the smaller than the bigger ones. Most will grow out of it or not even have any problems getting it. Often precipitated by stress and can occur without warning. It is essential that your puppy eats small frequent meals. Missing a single meal, too much stimulation, being chilled, becoming exhausted after playing, digestive upset or stress can cause the puppy to have dangerously low glucose levels. Any of these factors can place an added strain on the puppy's energy reserves bringing on the symptoms.


Hypoglycemia is a real threat to your tiny puppy, once the puppies glucose levels are low it may be too weak or confused to eat and may refuse to eat even though it is the thing that will help the pup's condition. First signs are listlessness and depression, this can be followed by weakness, white gums, rolling eyes, confusion, excessive drinking with vomiting, tremors, wobbly gait and later convulsions, seizures, coma and even death. This is not meant to frighten you, but to be aware of this fatal condition and hopefully to save your puppy's life if it were to happen. Most will grow out of it between 4 to 6 month of age or once the puppy is over 2 lbs. But those that stay under 3 lbs. may keep it the rest of it's life and some can keep it over that weight too.


If your Yorkie develops symptoms of hypoglycemia, start treatment immediately. Wrap your little puppy in a towel or blanket to keep it warm (shivering makes the hypoglycemia worse) if your Yorkie is conscious, slowly dribble a little corn syrup or pancake syrup into its mouth, or a dollop of Nutri Cal (available at pet supply stores or from your veterinarian). Repeat after 10 minutes, if necessary. You can also use a good supplement vitamin like we do here called NuVet Plus. Feed your puppy as soon as puppy's alert enough to eat. If Traditional litter yorkieshypoglycemia causes your Yorkie to lose consciousness, rub the syrup or paste on JD's gums and tongue, then immediately take JD to the veterinarian. Although hypoglycemia doesn't occur frequently, it may happen and early detection can save your puppy's life. If hypoglycemia happens this is a warning that your puppy is not getting enough to eat, to long in between eating or to much activity.


If puppy improves and isn't interested in food you must coax JD to eat. You can stimulate puppy by feeding chicken, turkey or beef baby foods, cottage cheese or boiled chicken breast. If still not interested in eating from the bowl then fed JD by hand and let JD lick your fingers too.
P.S. No honey until they are adults.


1.To help prevent hypoglycemia, allow only 20 minutes play time, followed by rest or sleep. If it is time for puppy to eat then fed first after a few minutes of rest, then let it sleep. The smaller the puppy the more time it has to eat or leave food down all the time for the smaller ones. Bigger in size 4 months and older I feed 3 time a day until they are 6 months olds then
2. Not allowing puppy to overtire when JD first comes to your home. Keep puppy from getting chilled! Your Yorkie is a house dog and shouldn't be living or staying to long outdoors. If cold weather is here put on a pet coat to keep JD warm when going outdoors. Closely supervise with children to make sure puppy is not playing to long and is getting enough sleep.


This above info is for information purposes only and not intended in any way as a substitute for veterinarian care or advice.