Signs of Hypoglycemia in Puppies
Hypoglycemia is a condition in young dogs when there are rapid increases or decreases in glucose levels. This is also known as Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia. The condition is popular within puppies because they are still adapting and can be unable to regulate glucose levels the way that adult dogs are able too. Puppies need to eat often to help stabilize their glucose levels. Typically, a puppy will eat three to four times per day. Hypoglycemia is most common in toy breed puppies that are less than three months old.
There are several signs that indicate your puppy has hypoglycemia. The first is lack of energy. It is natural for puppies to sleep a lot. Like babies, they need to sleep so that their bodies can rest and grow. This is one of the most common signs that are associated with hypoglycemia. Glucose is necessary to provide energy for the puppy. If your puppy seems weak and listless then it is possible they have developed hypoglycemia.
Glucose also plays a vital role in the development and function of muscles and brain tissue. When these levels drop extremely low in puppies it can cause seizures. Seizures are dangerous for puppies especially because they are still growing and the shaking caused by the seizure can actually cause substantial damage to the puppy. It is also possible for puppies to become comatose as a result of dangerously low glucose levels. It is important that puppy owners watch for the first symptom of listlessness to avoid the development of worse symptom of hypoglycemia.
Lack of appetite and coordination including twitching, dilated pupils and trembling and pale pink or white gums are additional signs of hypoglycemia in puppies. This is not a hard condition to diagnose. In fact pet owners should notice a substantial deviation from normal behavior if a puppy has developed hypoglycemia.
Treatment for hypoglycemia in puppies is fairly simple. A veterinarian can help pet owners determine the best course of action to help bring the puppy to full health right away. Typically it involves keeping the puppy in a warm environment and implementing a feeding schedule of up to four times per day. The puppy will also need to be dewormed and maintain regular vaccinations. Hypoglycemia is easily treatable and will provide minimal damage to the body if it is caught in time. This is why it is important that pet owners pay attention to any changes in their dog’s behavior.
There are many challenges to owning a new puppy. Monitoring a puppy for changes in activity, eating, sleeping or behavior will help quickly identify if there is something going on. This is true for a variety of illnesses that puppies can develop. Your local veterinarian should have a variety of pamphlets on various conditions that young dogs can develop which includes signs and symptoms to watch out for. Generally, early detection and constant love and care are all that it takes to help bring a puppy back to his healthful state.