HYPOGLYCEMIA IN SCHNAUZERS
(LOW BLOOD SUGAR)
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|Low blood sugar can cause listlessness, depression, muscular weakness,
vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, convulsions, coma and even death in your puppy.
Low blood sugar usually happens in toy breeds between the ages of 1 month and
3 months of age. Many times their little livers don't develop as fast as their
bodies do. Therefor the liver cannot produce enough sugar to sustain their
bodies. It can be brought on by infrequent feedings, missed meals, stress, new
home (stress), shipping (stress) or too much playing without frequent meals.
Play time (expended energy), digestive upset and chills. All of these things add
a strain on the energy reserves of your tiny puppy's liver, if the puppy is
To prevent these problems you should feed your puppy at least four times a day
and leave food with them over night. We always leave a high quality canned dog
food along with the dry food. We use Exclusive Puppy Food. They have the
smalles size kibblesin their dried dog food we can find. Make sure your puppy is
able to eat dry dog food. You may have to give them a quality canned dog food
until they are a little older. If you are unable to do this, you may leave the food
down around the clock. If your puppy is going to be put through a lot of stress
such as shipping or going to a new home it would be wise to feed them prior to
these things and keep food in front of them during these times. Many reputable
breeders will not allow you to take a tiny puppy home before it is three months of
age in fear that a puppy might get low blood sugar.
If your puppy ever displays any of these symptoms, you should give it Karo Syrup
or honey immediately. Your puppy should improve within thirty minutes.
However, if your puppy does become unconscious you must take him or her to the
veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will probably put your puppy on
iv's. Repeated episodes of low blood sugar can result in permanent brain
damage. If you have a puppy prone to low blood sugar you may consider putting
a small amount of Karo Syrup or sugar in pasta added to their food. Make sure
that they are eating the food along with the pasta Remember that any kind of
sugar is a quick release and therefore their blood sugar levels can drop quickly.
This is why we use pasta along with the sugar or Karo Syrup. If you don't have
Karo Syrup you can mix 3/4 sugar to 1/4 water and boil until you have a syrup.
Cool this mixture down and use it in an emergency. Rice is much more difficult
for their tiny bodies to digest. Many times you find whole grains of rice in their
stools. Therefore, we don't use rice.
Hopefully, you will never have any of these problems. We have heard of many
such instances from other breeders and owners. Please feed your puppy
frequently or leave his or her food down all the time until they are three months
May you and your new puppy have many happy years together.
Sebrng, FL 3387