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EBERDENE POMERANIANS

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             HYPOGLYCEMIA

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. IT MIGHT APPEAR AFTER THE PUPPY HAS BEEN SHIPPED, GOES TO A NEW HOME, MISSES A MEAL, CHILLS, BECOMES EXHAUSTED FROM PLAYING, HAS BEEN OVERHANDLED, OR HAS A DIGESTIVE UPSET. THESE UPSETS PLACE AN ADDED STRAIN ON IT'S ENERGY RESERVE 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 SYMPOTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA YOU MUST ACT FAST. IF THE PUPPY IS AWAKE, GIVE IT NUTRICAL OR KARO SYRUP BY MOUTH. YOU SHOULD SEE SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT IN THIRTY MINUTES. IF NO IMPROVEMENT, THEN CALL YOUR 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 OR BE OVER HANDLED AT FIRST. SUPERVISE CLOSELY WITH CHILDREN TO MAKE SURE THE PUPPY IS GETTING ENOUGH REST. KEEP PUPPY WARM, DON'T LET IT BECOME CHILLED. YOUR PUPPY IS A HOUSE DOG AND SHOULD NOT BE LIVING OUTDOORS.

PREVENT ATTACKS BY FEEDING A HIGH QUALITY DIET. SEE THAT THE PUPPY IS EATING OFTEN. JUST BECAUSE THE FOOD IS THERE DOESNT MEAN IT IS EATING IT. KEEP DRY FOOD AND WATER AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. YOU CAN GIVE 1/2 TEASPOON OF NUTRICAL OR KARO MORNING AND NIGHT FOR THE FIRST WEEK TO HELP PREVENT THE LOW BLOOD SUGAR THAT CAN COME WITH THE EXCITEMENT AND STRESS OF GOING TO A NEW HOME.

THE FEEDING SCHEDULE I KEEP FOR MOST OF MY PUPS IS AS FOLLOWS (I SAY MOST BECAUSE SOME PUPS PREFER SOMETHING ELSE)

7AM   CANNNED INNOVA PUPPY
11AM   BOILED HAMBURGER
3PM   BOILED CHICKEN AN RICE
7PM   DANNON PLAIN YOGURT (NOT THE FAT FREE, YOU WANT CALORIES!!)  
10PM   BOILED BURGER AND RICE OR BEEF BABYFOOD
TASTE OF THE WILD DRY FOOD AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.
WATER AT ALL TIMES.ITS FINE TO GIVE THE BABY TREATS...MY BABIES LoVE 1/2 OF THE SMALL POWDERED DONUTS,1/2 PIECE OF CHEESE,CHEESECURLS,HONEYCOMBS,A 1/4 PIECE OF BREAD WITH PEANUT BUTTER,VANILLA PUDDING.

********IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GIVE NUTRI-CAL 4 TIMES PER DAY FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS!!!!!! YOU CAN PICK NUTRI-CAL UP AT ANY PETSTORE,IT IS IN A TUBE LIKE TOOTHPASTE,YOU SIMPLY SQUEEZE A LITTLE OUT OF THE TUBE AND THE BABY WILL LICK IT RIGHT UP-THEY LOVE IT!

I ALSO MIX A FOOD SUPPLIMENT IN MY BABIES FOOD. YOU CAN PURCHASE IT ONLINE AT REVIVALANIMALHEALTH. COM IT IS CALLED WYSONG PDG CANINE/FELINE FOOD SUPPLIMENT. 33% FAT, 33% PROTEIN. I'M SURE YOU CAN PURCHASE IT ELSEWHERE BUT THIS IS WHERE I BUY MY FURBABIES TOYS AND SUPPLIES.

 

 

 This write-up is posted with permission from Tinalee of Allstar Poms  (http://www.allstarpoms.net/index.html)

 

 

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