|Hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, is a disorder that occurs mainly in small
breed puppies between six and twelve weeks of age. It is often precipitated by stress and can occur
without warning (if the puppy is susceptible). It might appear after the puppy misses a meal, chills,
becomes exhausted from playing, or has a digestive upset. These upsets place an added strain on it's
energy reserves and bring on the symptoms.
Hypoglycemia is a real threat to these tiny puppies, watch for your puppy
to become tired or droopy. The first signs are those of listlessness and
depression. They are followed by muscular weakness, tremors, and later convulsions, coma and even
death. The puppy may appear depressed or may be weak, wobbly and jerky, or the puppy may be
found in a coma.
If your puppy has any symptoms of hypoglycemia you must act fast. If the puppy is awake, give it
Nutristat by mouth. You should see signs of improvement in thirty minutes. If no improvement, then
call your veterinarian. If the puppy is unconscious it should be taken to the veterinarian at once.
Prevent Hypoglycemia from happening by allowing only twenty minutes of play at a time, followed by
rest or sleep. Do not allow the puppy to overtire at first. Supervise closely with children to make sure
puppy is getting enough rest. Keep puppy warm, don't let it become chilled. Your Yorkie puppy is a
house dog and should not be living outdoors.
He has been living with the temperature in the room of 70 to 80 degrees.
Prevent attacks by feeding a high quality kibble diet. We use and
recommend Royal Canine mini puppy, mini starter or Yorkie puppy formula. See that puppy eats at
least every four to six hours and more often if he is very small. Keep dry food and water available at
all times. If puppy does not eat, you can mix a little canned Royal Canine with the dry to encourage it to
eat.You can give 1/2 inch of Nutristat morning and night for the first couple of days to help prevent the
low blood sugar that can come with the excitement and stress of going to a new home.
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