Dog Hypoglycemia (Toy Breed): toy dog breeds are becoming more and more remarkably popular these days as people move into small apartments and condos and need small dogs that adapt well to city life. A toy dog breed may easily fit into a purse and can be easily carried around while shopping. However, owners of toy breeds must be aware of the fact that some of them may suffer from bouts of hypoglycemia that may require prompt veterinary attention. While bouts of hypoglycemia mostly affect toy breed dogs as puppies, some of them may still suffer from this condition as adults.
Common Dog Toy Breeds Prone to Hypoglycemia:
- Yorkshire Terrier
Causes of Toy Breed Hypoglycemia
The problem with toy breed dogs is that being so small they tend to have difficulties in maintaining their blood glucose levels normal. This is due to the fact that they have a low body mass and therefore they have a tougher time in storing glucose properly. They also are prone to chilling quickly due to the fact that they have little body fat.
While toy breed dogs may develop hypoglycemia simply because of their constitution, in some cases there may be other underlying causes that may need addressed. For instance, stress, diarrhea, parasites, liver shunt, and bacterial infections may be triggering causes of a hypoglycemic attack.
Symptoms of Hypoglycemia in Toy Dog Breeds
The following symptoms often are a red flag of low blood glucose in toy breed dogs:
- Slow heart beat
- Cold temperature
- Loss of consciousness
- Other warning signs of hypoglycemia are cold, pale gums. Normal gums are warm and of nice healthy bubble gum pink.
How to Treat Toy Breed Hypoglycemia
Toy breeds exhibiting hypoglycemia must be treated promptly. If not treated the dog may get cold, listless and suffer from loss of consciousness and seizures.
- A toy breed dog should be fed a minimum of three times a day, some requiring even up to six feedings a day to maintain normal levels of blood sugar.
- Owners should always have along some honey, karo syrup (works the best!) or pancake syrup to rub on these dog’s gums in order to prevent them from going into a low blood sugar crisis.
- Chilled dogs should be warmed up using a warm water bottle covered in a blanket to avoid the dog from getting burned.
If the dog is not getting better after rubbing the sources of sugar on the gums or giving a treat (usually they should improve within 10-20 minutes), it will need prompt veterinary attention. At the veterinary hospital, the dog will likely be given injections of dextrose, will be warmed up and monitored until levels of blood glucose are normal and the dog is willing to eat.
Toy dog breeds may be mistakenly thought to be low maintenance, however the opposite is true. They are pretty vulnerable creatures that get cold quickly and may suffer easily from dehydration if they have vomiting or diarrhea. People considering a toy breed should be educated about these health aspects first before making a final decision.
*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.