Small Breed Puppies

Hypoglycemia and small dogs is a very serious issue.

Hypoglycemia and small breed puppies is a very serious issue.

In celebration of National Puppy Day  I want to discuss a very important consideration that could mean life or death for your small breed puppy. A few months ago, a family member called me in a panicked state because her daughter’s new Pomeranian was acting lethargic. I talked to her for a while running through a checklist of what could have gone wrong throughout the day. Long story short, they rushed the dog to the puppy’s vet and turns out, the dog’s blood sugar was dangerously low. I’m happy to report that all is well, the dog was treated and is being held for observation.

This reminded me of a very important factor of owning a small breed. Low blood sugar  or hypoglycemia in a small breed puppy is just one of the things that makes them special.

If you are considering a small breed dog please be aware of this condition and be prepared to treat it if it does happen. As always, consult a veterinarian for the care of your dog.

The post below is a great information source on hypoglycemia in small breeds.

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