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Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is the most common
disorder of metabolism seen in small, young puppies. Puppies are at a
greater risk to develop hypoglycemia than adult dogs because puppies
have a smaller liver, less muscle and a larger brain in proportion to
the size of their body and therefore cannot store very much sugar in
their muscles and liver for later use.
Very young puppies cannot tolerate more than a few hours of going
A common form of hypoglycemia is called juvenile hypoglycemia because it
occurs in puppies less than three months of age.
The common signs of hypoglycemia are:
weakness, dizziness, confusion, fainting and seizures (convulsions).
These problems are mostly likely to be seen first thing in the morning,
after the puppy has gone without food all night. Another frequent time
that these signs may occur in tiny puppies is after a long period of
playing, after a long, stressful car ride or a visit to your
Feed several meals a day consisting of high
calorie, high fat and high protein puppy food. This should include a
middle of the night feeding in tiny, toy puppies. Dry food is generally
best for puppies, but small puppies may prefer canned food. If the
puppy is not eating, try offering canned food.
Puppies less than 3
pounds should be feed four (4) to five (5) times daily.
subject a tiny puppy to additional stress. Limit playtimes to ten –
fifteen (10 – 15) minutes. Tiny puppies may not travel well and should
be kept home as much as possible. Before a play session and an hour
before a car ride or veterinarian visit, feed a small meal or give an
inch or two (2) of Nutrical paste.
At the first sign of weakness or loss of
coordination, give the puppy a teaspoon or so of
Put this on the puppy’s tongue so it will dissolve or have the puppy
swallow if it is alert enough. You should see the puppy return to
normal within a few minutes. Try this again, if there is no
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Just Puppies does not recommend purchasing a toy breed
puppy in environments were they will be exposed to children under the
age of five (5) and dogs over fifteen (15) pounds.
Toy breed puppies may require several feedings a day,
including night time feedings, and should not be left alone for more
than two-three (2-3) hours.
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