Hypoglycemia

In some respects,bringing your new Pomeranian puppy home is like bringing home a tiny human baby. Most important!! Pomeranians.like many other toy breeds, may be susceptible to a of low sugar called hypoglycemia.

You probably won’t experience low blood sugar with your particular puppy, but in the event thatyou do, it is an emergency. Small dogs,especially Pomeranians,have a very small fat reserve around their liver.When they get stressedfor some reason (like going to a new home) or if they play too hard
(using a lot of energy), or miss a meal. The reserve is used up and the body will begin to draw upon the blood sugar energy.

If this condition is left unchecked the dog willgrow progressively weaker until it fa lls into a coma and eventually die. The good news is that this condition is easily arrested and puppies that do experience hypoglycemia will usually outgrow it by 20 weeks of age. Your goal as a new owner should be to keep the puppy’s stresslevelas low as possible duringthis critica period.

Often the most dangerous period is 6 and 1O weeks of age. During that time the puppy is weaned away from the dam, de­ wormed,vaccinated, bathed and sometimes he is sold into a new environment. Also, the immunity that a puppy gets from the mother’s first milk will drop off somewhere around the 9th week and that will increase its vulnerability to virus and bacteria. Alltogether, these factors contribute to a very stressfultime for the puppy. Some puppies breeze right through it and others problems.

Signs of hypoglycemia vary; usually the dog will get a sad forlorn look on its face,then it will become inactive,eventually staggering. falling down or just laying down,followed by what looks like sleep. This sleep like condition will turn into a spasm, followed by a comatose condition and eventually, death of teeth-clenching seizures and not all symptoms may be seen at any one time so watch for any lethargic behavior or lack of coordination.If your puppy seems too sleepy, him up, stand him up and make sure he stands and can walk normally. If he lies down, falls,or staggers, then get some sugar into him. If you are unsure of how to proceedthen call your breeder and/ or your veterinarian.

Glucose in the drinking water.pancake syrup or suga r will help restore lost blood sugar. One good idea is to make sure your dogs eatjust prior to his being out of your sight for any extended period of time.You must make sure to leave some available so the dog can eat while you’re away. Some Pomeranians are nibblers who eat very slowly and some are downright finicky to take that into account and leave him with nutrition that is tempting enough that he willeat something while you are from him.

Stress can be a real problem to some Pomeranians. Common sources for stress are, being sold and taken to a new environment,a temporarily depressed immune system caused by vaccinations,a radical and sudden change of diet being terribly frightened by something. Some things humans might consider being of little consequence,such as trimming his toenails or giving him a batch,can be terr ifying to your little dog. Like people,some dogs will handle stress better than others. The point being that you should whenever possible and keep him eating to offset any possible bouts of stress-induced hypoglycemia and or diarree stress in your puppy’s

 Hypoglycemia can cause diarree and the other round is also true – diarree can cause hypoglycemia! So, please out for either one of these symptoms!

 Watch you puppy carefully the few days after bring him home. You will eventually learn what a normal behaviour is him. Monitor his eating habits, bowel movements, play patterns,and sleep time. Most puppies speeds; full speed and crash”. Any time see variations in behaviour in that trouble you,don’t hesitate to call your breeder.

 If he doesn’tsatisfactory answers then call your veterinarian.With Pomeranians it is better to address a potential problem before the animal is in serious trouble than to wait and see if he’ll get better without help.These little dogs are pretty fragile untilthey reach four to six months of age.
to be sure they actually eat at each meal. Remember their bellies are small and only hold a small amount at one time so frequent meals are important. Feed the best foods available and your dog’s immune system be sturdy wellinto its old age. Pomeranians don’t usually eat so you won’t go broke feeding them.

How to treat a Hypoglycemic Puppy

FIRST thing to do. is to determine how bad the puppy is.If puppy can still Sit upright.but can’t try to offer it some FOOD, before giving it any honey.syrup or glucose. If puppy eats on its own.don’t bother to give thesugar supplements. If it does not want to eat at all.then of course you have to give him thesupplements to too low! It won’t (and can’t) eat when the blood sugar is If the puppy hes down and can’t move or open its mouth, then have to act FAST! BUT PLEASE TRY TO STAY CALM! The puppy is in distress and can’t handle your stress as well! He will not beable to open his mouth easily.so you have to open it with your fingers and gently put some honey (or syrup or glucose water) in his mouth.Iusually take a syringe (2.Sml) and put about O.Sml of honey at minutes. Keepit warm.comfortable and safe,but don’t tryto give any food during this period. Now you leave the puppy for 1O minutes he should pick up his head, still looks dizzy.but will try to move and walk. (If no improvement try to give some more honey or syrup. If no improvement in another 5 minutes, hurry to your nearest vet and try to give some sort of liquid food or water. Anything is better than nothing! This is a matter of life and death, so don’t give up.)  

1.Nestle Cerelac – Regular or Honey.Please use the one where you JUSt have to add water. no milk.This can easily be given with a syringe and 1s quick to prepare.

2.Purina Husky puppy tinned food – Chicken and Rice. You can add some boiled water. mix well and try to give with a mix the above together and add some

3. Prepare your normal mx(softened Roya1 Canine MiniJunior puppy pellets with the Purina Husky puppy tinned food) and just add some Nestle Cerelac and more water.

4. Chicken.without the skin. Not too much. becauseit can cause diarree (as any of the above mentioned, if too much of one food) Try to mix it with puppy’s normal soft pellets and tinned food. Cut 1t in very small pieces and mix very wellwith the softened food,so that puppy has to eat everything and not just the chicken.

5. Milko Pup – this is a substitute for dogs’ milk.Available at pet stores and your local vet. But do not give this instead of food or too much,as it can cause diaree, since puppy is onsolid read the instructions,as it should not begiven too ‘strong’ to older puppies…

6. AO tinned food. Avai lable only at only use this in thecase of an emergency.since this is VERY rich and high in calories, but one to 2 teaspoons of this,saved many puppies’lives! Do NOT give too much. as this can easily in an emergency and at night time.. quick and easy food to

7. Royal Canine Minijunior pellets (or any quality puppy pellets of your choice) – pour some boiled water on,letit stand and soften for a again inthe microwave. This has a very smooth texture and can easily be given with a syringe! Vi-day/in syrup,the normal yellow one WITHOUT iron. NOT the drops!!- O.Sml every second day. Nutrostim gel – only a small amount per day (This enhances the appetite) Glucose 1n thedrinkingwater. (1teaspoon in half a cup1 BE PREPARED! Do NOT give the puppy cows’ milk.pronutro or very ‘rich’food.It can easily upset the tummy and you are going to end upwith diarree,that can start the whole process again…losing body weight,don’t want to eat. hypoglycemia. etc,etc.  

 

GOLDEN RULE: PLEASE CHECK THAT YOUR PUPPY EATSA T EVERY MEAL!! DONTSLIP UPAND KEEP IN MIND THAT THE LAST MEAL AT NIGHTTIME, JUST BEFORE YOU GO TO BED, IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DA YI!