Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia is one of the most serious side effects of too much insulin, also referred to as “low Blood Sugar”, and inadequate nutrition. It can be a life threatening and even deadly condition and often happens in the smaller toy breeds, if you don’t know what to look for. Yorkie puppies under 4 months of age are often affected by this type of hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemic incidents can happen under stressful conditions, such as:
- moving to a new home
- being alone for a long period of time
- not having his siblings or playmates
- rough play with children and older or bigger pets
- excessive exercise
- drastic food change or not enough food to eat
- cold temperatures
Signs of Yorkie Hypoglycemia:
The occurrence of signs depends on how far the blood sugar level drops and how far into the episode the puppy has progressed.
Lethargy, weakness, head tilting, unbalanced wobbling when walking, shivering and uncontrollable trembling, disorientation, convulsions or seizures, unable to stand or hold head up, restlessness, whimpering and high pitched whining or moaning, coma.
What to do:
- Your first goal is to get some sweet into their mouth; corn syrup or honey works well in a pinch. I use a little bit of nutri-stat during major changes or stressful situations like vet visits, grooming or long play times.
- Secondly, stay calm, observe your pet and contact the vet. If your pet is acting strangely, displaying one or several of the above symptoms, you should assume it is due to hypoglycemia and treat it accordingly.
This is a situation where it is better to be safe than sorry!
Nutri-Stat can be given up to 5 times a day. If you prefer you can feed your puppy honey-nut Cherrios or Honey Combs as treats throughout the day to keep her blood sugar up.