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Hypoglycemia In Puppies/ Kittens, & Small Breeds Dogs

Updated: Dec 14, 2023



Puppies and kittens have a very fast and immature metabolism. This includes the inability to store energy and maintain proper glucose levels. A common ailment that can occur from this, is called hypoglycemia.


What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is when the blood sugar drops too low, this is very serious and can be fatal. Small breed puppies, like yorkie's, are most affected but it can happen with any breed, as well as kittens.

Causes:

Skipping a meal, long periods between meals, over exertion or exhaustion, and being too cold or chilled.

Certain metabolic disorders can also be a contributing factor, and these should always be taken into consideration by your vet.

Symptoms:

Eye shaking, trembling, ataxia/ stumbling, disorientation, un-responsiveness and seizures.

Treatment*

A bit of karo syrup directly on the gums usually does the trick. This works pretty rapidly and they tend to perk up within minutes. IV fluids may be administered to hydrate, and maintain blood sugar.

Use of Warming pads and blankets can help carefully raise the body temperature.

Prevention is simple:

Feed multiple small meals and snacks throughout the day instead of one or two larger meals. Keep puppies and kittens warm so their body does not over utilize it's resources.

Avoid extended or strenuous exercise.

*Reminder: This post is for informational purposes only. A Vet Visit should ALWAYS be your first response to a sick or injured pet. Please see DISCLAIMER.


 

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