Hypoglycemia - Prevention is Best
Anyone who is considering adopting a yorkie puppy, especially a tiny teacup yorkie puppy, absolutely must be aware of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia in Yorkshire terrier puppies is very serious and can be fatal! The good news is hypoglycemia is 100% preventable.
Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, is a condition where the blood sugar level of a yorkie puppy drops to an extremely low level, usually due to lack of food, or by using up all stored energy without it being replenished, (playing/running for extended periods of time, shivering out of nervousness or being chilled, stress, ect...).
Hypoglycemia is completely preventable. It is much easier and cheaper to prevent hypoglycemia than to treat . When you first bring your yorkie puppy home, I strongly advise you to feed yorkie puppy. Make sure your yorkie puppy eats every 3-4 hours, even if it is a small amount and even if you have to hand feed your yorkie pup and yes at first during the night time.. Feeding instructions below.
Some like to use Fori-Cal Gell, Nut i-cal or Nutri-stat paste You can use this 3 times a day. I am not using this anymore because I get better results using the powdered puppy formula. Just squeeze about a half an inch of the paste on your finger and put it in his mouth. If you find yourself without the above supplements you can use regular pancake syrup, jelly, honey or Karo syrup. Another great tip is to put pancake syrup in their drinking water. 1 teaspoon to 1/2 cup of water.
Signs of Hypoglycemia in Yorkie Puppies
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A yorkie puppy experiencing hypoglycemia is very scary and may
exhibit one or more of the following signs: Make sure you stay calm if
this happens and follow the direction.. Do this before you call for help. The sooner the better..
signs are: acting lethargic and listless, walking unsteady as if they were drunk, falling over, shakiness and even laying on their side and being unresponsive. This is a EMERGENCY and your yorkie
must be given some type of sugar immediately!
After giving a form of sugar,, wrap your yorkie in a blanket to keep them warm. If a heating pad or electric blanket is available, set it to low and use it to help warm up your yorkie puppy. Wait 5 or 10 minutes for your yorkie to perk up. If there is no improvement, administer more sugar. When your yorkie puppy perks up get them to eat imediately.
EMERGENCY SITUATION: Take your yorkie puppy to a vet immediately if you see no signs of improvement or responsiveness, or if your Yorkshire puppy appears comatose. Before you leave the house rub some Nutri Cal, Pancake or Karo syrup around the
mouth. Dont put enough to choke on. Rush to the vet for a glucose injection or a I.V to save their life! Remember to put that sugar in its mouth before you leave. Some of it can still be absorbed and might help..
Causes of Hypoglycemia
1. Over handling your new yorkie puppy and not allowing them to get enough rest. I know how it is when you get a new teacup yorkie puppy and you just want to play with them, but please keep in mind that they are babies
and need lots of sleep.
2.Pups that do not receive enough nutrition. Just because your tiny puppy has a bowl of food, does not mean they are eating. It is not uncommon for a new yorkie puppy to forget where their food is if they have run of the house. Make sure you actually see you yorkie eating their food. For this reason only put a small amount of food in the bowl so that you can tell if it has eaten.
3. Stress of moving to a new home. Please pay very close attention to your new yorkie puppy when you take them
home. It is quite a transition for them. They have just left their litter mates. Most of the time they will be fine, but some will become stressed and stop
4. Changing your yorkies food can cause diarrhea, resulting in hypoglycemia. Keep your dog on the food you were given unless you are changing to Iams, Science Diet, Ukanuba or other High Quality dog food. Cheap corn based food are no good even though they are popular because of commercial. .
The best way to prevent Hypoglycemia!
If you are having low blood sugar issues go to Walmart by the dog food isle and get a can of powdered puppy formula. Give this to the puppy as much as it wants. If it wont drink it itself you can syringe it carefully in the mouth behind the tongue. This will perk a puppy up fast. In about a minute or two. A tiny yorkie cannot survive on Dry dog food until it is at least 3 months old or older. see feeding instructions below.
More Detailed Feeding Instructions
Your puppies stomach will be hard when it is full and soft when it is not full of food. Syringe feed if she wont eat on her own. She needs a good dog food. I use Iams puppy food. I soak it in water - cover the food with water and let it sit out until it is soft. This take hours.- and mix it with a small amount of Pedigree canned puppy food . I do this so they will eat more. Only put small amounts of food in her bowl so that you can tell if she has been eating. Always the food out for her. If she wont eat syringe feed small amounts in the back of the tongue. You will need to change the food at least twice a day so that it is fresh or the puppy wont eat it. You may have to change it 3 times a day in warm weather. Make sure you also feed her in the middle of the night.