Hypoglycemia in Chihuahuas
Hypoglycemia is a blood sugar disorder, prevalent
among toy breed dogs like Chihuahuas. Mostly young
pups suffer from this disease of extremely low
sugar levels in their blood. As a result of which
the pup’s brain becomes devoid of essential
nutrients. The effects of the above syndrome can
be fatal. In some cases low blood sugar can also
cause coma in puppies.
Even healthy Chihuahua pups can
develop this problem. Absence of fat stores in
their body, which they could have used for energy,
might cause hypoglycemia. Inadequate sugar produced
by the liver, that could have been used as energy,
is also one of the factors for hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia may also occur if
the pancreas produces excessive sugar and the
dogs do not do away with this additional energy
through ample exercise. Moreover, puppies that
take insulin supplements on a regular basis may
become hypoglycemic due to excessive insulin intake.
There are several external factors
that contribute to such disorders. Some Chihuahuas
suffer from stress arising due to change of home
or out of traveling. Most Chihuahua puppies are
so very playful that they exhaust all their energies
using up all their fat reserve. Missing meals
at frequent intervals might cause hypoglycemia
in Chihuahuas as well.
Several symptoms may indicate
that the puppies actually suffer from hypoglycemia.
These include excessive sleeping, depression,
weakness, staggering, seizures, restlessness,
disoriented looks and glassy eyes. Chihuahuas
might even have brain damage if hypoglycemia is
not treated as a medical emergency.
Chihuahua puppies six to ten
weeks of age are prone to this disease. This is
the most stressful phase of their life. Changes
such as de-worming and vaccinations are introduced
at regular intervals. Moreover, it is a stage
when they are bathed and their nails are clipped
for the first time. They have to be weaned away
from their mother’s milk, which is the source
of nutrients and thus become vulnerable to diseases.
They are then sold to their owners where they
face a completely different ambience. Socialization
problems in a new environment can cause such disorders
in Chihuahua puppies.
There are lots that can be done
to prevent dogs from succumbing to this fatal
disease. Owners should be careful till the puppy
attains 16 weeks of age. If the pup is falling
asleep frequently, he should be awakened and made
to stand on his feet. If he staggers, glucose
water or else a vet, are immediate calls. Feeding
puppies at proper intervals with high quality
food and giving him glucose and karo syrup will
help if such a deficiency occurs.
If the puppy gets unconscious
due to hypoglycemia, rubbing the syrup on their
gums and their tongues might help regain his consciousness.
If the pup is conscious, the syrup can be injected.
Other than karo syrup, pancake syrups, nutri-cal
vitamin paste, nutristat could also be fed. Injecting
insulin may also prevent mishaps. In spite of
all possible measures, if the puppy continues
to have attacks of hypoglycemia, then a vet should
be consulted without any delay.
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