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What Is The Best Puppy Food For A Chihuahua

What Is The Best Puppy Food For A Chihuahua

It is important to feed Chihuahua puppies a high-quality dry dog food that is specifically formulated for small-breed puppies. Chihuahua puppies should eat often, so it's necessary to keep the food within their reach. Chihuahuas are not necessarily picky eaters, and your puppy may be willing to swallow just about anything. This can create serious health problems, since puppies that don’t get the right balance of nutrients may not grow up to be healthy dogs. Malnourished Chihuahuas can develop skin problems and, puppies who miss a meal can even be at risk of death. To avoid an upset stomach, find out what the Chihuahua puppy has been eating at the breeder’s and have the same food ready before you bring the puppy home. If you want to change the puppy’s diet, do so gradually to avoid the digestive problems that often accompany a sudden change of food. According to the Chihuahua Club of America, Chihuahua puppies do best when you feed them a high-quality dry dog food that is formulated specifically for small-breed puppies. Since Chihuahua puppies are prone to hypoglycemia due to their small size, owners should leave the food where it is available to the puppies at all times. Frequent, small meals help to keep Chihuahua puppies healthy, and by keeping the food within the puppies’ reach they can snack whenever they want. Chihuahua breeders such as Steve and Lindy Nearman of Happy Trail Chihuahuas, who have been raising dogs since 1982, suggest that you feed Chihuahua puppies four times a day until they are three months old, then decrease to three times a day until they reach six months, after which you can cut back to feeding them twice a day. Make sure the kibble you use consists of tiny pieces so your Chihuahua puppy can’t choke on it. Custom Diet The Chihuahua Cl Continue reading >>

How To Help A Sick Dog Who Won’t Eat

How To Help A Sick Dog Who Won’t Eat

Is your dog sick and refusing to eat? This can be a frightening experience for a pet owner and sometimes, there is a fairly simple remedy that will help a sick dog and encourage him to eat. If a dog doesn’t eat for a period of time, he will develop a condition known as hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This can result in unpleasant sensations like weakness, shakiness and dizziness. In some cases, the initial problem that causes the dog to stop eating — such as an upset stomach — resolves on its own, but the pet may still refuse to eat due to the fact that he feels poorly as a result of hypoglycemia. Furthermore, when a dog doesn’t eat for an extended period of time, stomach acids may accumulate, resulting in nausea or a stomach ache. In other words, the longer a dog goes without eating, the less likely he is to resume eating. How to Get a Dog to Eat by Treating Hypoglycemia By treating hypoglycemia, you may be able to help your dog to resume eating. Try the following method to get your dog to eat: Give the dog maple syrup or honey. Offer 1 tablespoon per 20 pounds of body weight. Many dogs will lick the maple syrup or honey right off the spoon. If your dog refuses it, simply rub the syrup or honey onto the dog’s gums. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes, then offer a small amount of food. It can be helpful to offer something tempting like plain, skinless chicken or boiled hamburger meat (with the fat drained away), in addition to some plain white rice. Do not offer a large amount of food, as the dog will be prone to over-eating, since he may be quite hungry. Instead, offer a small meal, about one-fourth of the dog’s normal meal size every 2 to 3 hours for 12 hours. If your dog refuses the meal, wait approximately two hours and repeat the process of providing him with m Continue reading >>

Pets With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

Pets With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia

Signs Treatment Asymptomatic Hypo Be Prepared (how to carry a sugar supply) Exercise and hypo. Nigel Goes Hypo Hypo Humor References The most serious side effect of too much insulin is hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose. Hypoglycemia can be a life-threatening, even fatal condition. Classic signs of hypoglycemia lethargy (lack of energy) weakness head tilting "drunkedness" - wobbling when walking, unbalanced hunger restlessness shivering ataxia - usually lack of muscular coordination, but maybe changes in head and neck movements disorientation stupor convulsions or seizures coma The occurrence of signs depends on how far the bg drops and on how fast the blood glucose drops. Owners of diabetic cats have also reported observing these signs sleepiness unable to wake the cat easily when it is sleeping. vomiting glassy eyes - it may look like it is staring into space laying, sleeping, or curled up in an unusual location of the house meowing, crying, yowling, or vocalizing in a way that is unusual for your cat some cats get aggressive drooling coughing Owners of diabetic dogs have also reported observing these signs sweating - check the nose and the paw pads. lip smacking or licking getting physically "stuck" in a place where the pet normally could get itself out (for example, behind a partially closed door that a pet would usually nudge open.) Some animals are asymptomatic at very low bg values. This means they do not show any of the usual signs of hypoglycemia even though their bg is very low. Read experiences of three pets who have had episodes of asymptomatic hypoglycemia. Be Prepared Always have corn syrup or sugar available. Corn syrup works well because it is a very pure sugar, and it is liquid. In the U.S. "Karo" is a brand name of corn syrup and you'll often see this Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia & Your Yorkie

Hypoglycemia & Your Yorkie

HYPOGLYCEMIA & YOUR YORKIE As I said earlier, little puppies and even tiny mature dogs can have hypoglycemia attacks. The best thing to do is be prepared just in case. We have experienced it ourselves and luckily we were ready. Hopefully you will never have to deal with this scary event, but just in case, let us help you. What is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar, sometimes called “sugar shock.” It is a condition when blood sugar levels drop to an extremely low level What causes Hypoglycemia? It can be caused by not eating or using up all the stored sugar or energy in the body without it being replenished It may also be caused by stress, excessive heat, travel, nervousness, or extended play Yorkies are prone because they have such tiny digestive systems and they only store a small amount of energy in their bodies at a time It can be hereditary What are the symptoms? Vomiting on an empty stomach (clear liquid or bile) Acting listless, tired, not easily aroused Walking with an unsteady gait as if drunk, falling over, shaking uncontrollably Rubbing their face into the ground or furniture, stiffening up Laying on their side, paddling their feet and unable to get up You pick them up and they are limp as a dish rag, unable to open their eyes In severe cases, the puppy may already be comatose and totally unresponsive You must raise the blood sugar immediately or coma, brain damage and/or death will occur What is the treatment? Quickly give your puppy some form of nutrition containing sugar Some good examples are Nutraical, honey, granulated sugar, karo syrup, Quick Start or glucose Squirt it into the pups mouth, rub the neck slightly to enhance swallowing Put the sugar mixture on your finger and rub it on the inside of the pups cheeks as well If your puppy does Continue reading >>

Recipe For Newborn Puppies With Karo Syrup

Recipe For Newborn Puppies With Karo Syrup

Why Karo Syrup? Karo syrup is a brand name of corn syrup, so really any generic brand will do. This sweet syrup is included in many homemade puppy formulas to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Puppies that are bottle- or tube-fed are at an increased risk of low blood sugar. This is especially true in toy and small breed dogs. By including Karo syrup in the formula mixture, the pup receives increased calories and sugar to last until the next feeding. Symptoms of Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia can develop quickly in puppies that do not feed frequently. When puppies feed on mother’s milk, they usually have constant access to milk and nurse as needed. With bottle-feeding, that is not the case and even a few minutes can make a difference. Symptoms of low blood sugar begin with weakness and can quickly lead to seizures and coma. If you notice these symptoms, a drop of Karo syrup on the pup’s tongue will raise the blood sugar. Immediately take the pup into the vet to have him evaluated. You may need to increase the frequency of feeding times. Sample Recipes Like newborn babies, puppies are not able to digest cow’s milk. Because of this, never use it in puppy formula. To make your own puppy formula with Karo and evaporated milk, you will need a 10-ounce can of evaporate milk, 3 ounces of boiled water, one raw egg yolk, 1 cup of whole milk yogurt and ½ teaspoon of Karo syrup. Mix these ingredients in a blender or mix with a wire whisk. Do not over-mix, as this will create bubbles that are not good for your puppy’s tummy. For an alternative, replace the water and evaporated milk with 10 ounces of goat's milk. Considerations If you have an orphaned puppy or one that does not seem to be thriving on mother’s milk, consult your veterinarian before attempting Continue reading >>

Give Me Some Sugar! Canine Low Blood Sugar–symptoms And Treatments

Give Me Some Sugar! Canine Low Blood Sugar–symptoms And Treatments

There is a dog blood-glucose disorder that goes by three names: Canine Hypoglycemia , Exertional Hypoglycemia and Sugar Fits. These names refer to one single condition: cells in your canine’s body aren’t receiving the needed amount of glucose. Your dog’s energy is derived from glucose that is supplied by the blood, but with Canine Hypoglycemia, blood glucose levels lower than 70 mg/dL should be cause for concern and are considered increasingly dangerous, of course, as the numbers go down. The normal level is 70-150 mg/dL. Different factors enter into the cause, but if you suspect your beloved family member might be diabetic, it’s important to have your canine-cutie diagnosed properly, and quickly, since untreated hypoglycemia can, ultimately, result in seizure/coma and death. Symptoms Of Canine Hypoglycemia: Disorientation or confusion Trembling lip Seizures (dogs 4 or over are more prone) Weakness-shakiness-dizziness Anxiety Lack-luster personality/lethargy/depression Prevention/Treatment: Obviously, the goal is to raise your pet’s blood-sugar level or maintain normal sugar levels; and this can be achieved in several ways: Feed your pet smaller, more frequent meals. There is a food supplement known as PetAlive GlucoBalance which aides in pancreatic and liver functions. Smaller meals, plus the PetAlive, can potentially correct the problem, but a blood test from your pet’s vet is required to properly determine if this regime-change will have made a difference. Treats should be avoided, at this time, unless permitted by your dog’s doctor. If you suspect your canine’s blood sugar is low, visiting the vet is crucial. The vet will, automatically, check blood-sugar levels. If necessary, a form of glucose will be fed intravenously -directly into the bloodstream Continue reading >>

Low Blood Sugar In Puppies

Low Blood Sugar In Puppies

Low blood sugar can affect puppies much more often than adult dogs, even when your puppy is healthy, so it's important to learn about low blood sugar symptoms and what to do. The technical term is hypoglycemia and happens most often with adult pets that suffer from diabetes. Sugar moves into the cells with the help of insulin, and too much insulin can cause hypoglycemia. Puppies almost never have diabetes, but can develop low blood sugar due to intestinal parasites that compromise digestion. Very small puppies, especially Toy breeds like the Chihuahua or Pomeranian, are so tiny, they have very few fat stores. Fat is body fuel, and when there’s not enough, the blood sugar levels fall. Adult pets can make up this difference when their liver churns out the necessary sugar. But immature livers can’t manufacture enough necessary sugar and as a result, these tiny pups develop hypoglycemia. What Are Low Blood Sugar Symptoms? The signs of low blood sugar can be vague. It’s important to watch out for them especially if your puppy is a tiny breed that’s most susceptible. Without enough sugar, the puppy’s heartbeat rate and breathing slow down and that triggers a cascade effect of other symptoms. Be alert for any one or combination of the following signs. The puppy acts weak. The puppy becomes sleepy. The puppy seems disoriented. He develops a wobbly “drunk” gait. His eyes look ‘glassy’ and unfocused. The puppy starts to twitch, shake or tremble/shiver. His head tilts to one side. He develops seizures. The puppy falls unconscious and can’t be awakened. Without prompt attention and first aid, your puppy could die. But fortunately, when you recognize the signs early in the process, low blood sugar is easy to treat and reverse at home. In almost all cases, the pup Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia

My 2 year old Maltese gets hypoglycemic from time to time. We've become good at guessing when it will happen, following activity-filled days, and we feed her Mighty Dog before it happens. She won't eat her dry food at these times. My concern is that it will happen while I'm not home and I won't be able to catch it. Does anyone else have this problem? Suggestions? Jen W. My Vet said that it is a common problem in small dogs because they do not eat enough to get enough sugar in their diet. He gave me a product called Nutri-Cal to prevent this from happening. It is a paste that you give them once or twice a day. It's major ingredient is corn syrup. The vet said that I could also just some corn syrup to his water, or put some on my finger and let him lick it off. I prefer the Nutri-Cal because it meets so many of a dogs nutritional needs, and it is easy to squirt a little in his mouth everyday. ChrisL When it begins, my dog usually gets the shakes and looks pitiful. If it really kicks in, she shakes quite visibly and hides in her crate or in a corner. This hiding behavior is not normal for her. Other symptoms include white gums, shock, and even death, if not treated. The cause is a drop in blood sugar. The treatment is to increase the blood sugar by feeding the dog honey, white corn syrup, Gatorade (gives a red mustache), or even sugar water. Anything high in sugar will work. Flurry won't eat food when she's really shakey but when we catch her early enough, she'll eat Mighty Dog. It works so well we call it "Super Dog!" Terri Continue reading >>

Hypoglycemia Requires Quick Intervention In Toy And Small Breeds

Hypoglycemia Requires Quick Intervention In Toy And Small Breeds

Used with permission from the Purina Pro Club SHih Tzu Update, Nestle Purina PetCare. Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can quickly become an urgent health problem in toy and small-breed dogs, say experts. Without intervention, there is risk of dogs slipping into a coma and possibly dying. Like other small breeds, Shih Tzu puppies are vulnerable to hypoglycemia, especially during weaning. Juvenile hypoglycemia, which is seen in puppies less than 3 months of age, generally occurs because puppies have not fully developed the ability to regulate blood glucose concentration and have a high requirement for glucose. Carling Shih Tzu breeder Carlene Snyder, chairwoman of the American Shih Tzu Club’s Health, Education and Research Committee, says puppies that develop the condition simply appear “not right.” “We recommend that breeders do not allow puppies to go to new homes until they are at least 12 weeks old,” Snyder says. “By this age they weigh about 6 pounds. Though we don’t hear too often about hypoglycemia occurring in Shih Tzu, it can happen, especially in puppies that go to homes as early as 6 weeks of age.” Breeders of toy dogs, such as Chihuahuas, know to look for signs of hypoglycemia because low blood sugar can occur quickly and commonly. Jennifer Smolarz of Chesterfield, Mich., breeds under the Whisper Chihuahuas prefix. When her puppy, “Laney,” was only 8 weeks of age, she suffered a hypoglycemic attack. “She should have been happy and alert but instead she was listless, not eating or drinking, and just wouldn’t get up,” Smolarz recalls. “I knew something was wrong, but I wasn’t sure what to do.” She called one of her mentors who helped her get started in breeding and described the puppy’s condition. “She knew exactly what was Continue reading >>

Recommended Feeding For Shorkie Puppies

Recommended Feeding For Shorkie Puppies

Shorkies, also known as shorkie tzus or Yorkie tzus, are a hybrid dog breed obtained from Yorkshire terriers and shih-tzus. Both breeds are in the toy category, so the crossbreed falls under the toy category as well. The feeding schedule and amount of food puppies need is different from the requirements for adults. Shorkie puppies must also be fed frequently, to maintain their blood sugar at a normal level and prevent a hypoglycemic coma. Typically, the first four to eight weeks, shorkie puppies are with their mother and siblings and they receive dog milk from their mother. During the first four weeks, your puppy doesn't need anything else than dog milk. If the puppy is orphaned, buy dog milk replacer. Starting from week five, introduce a small portion of dry food, but dip it in water, so that the puppy digests it easily. Feed your shorkie permium dry food formulated for the growing stage of small-sized dogs. The food must ensure a harmonious skeletal and muscle development. The protein content of puppy food should be between 25 and 30 percent. Check if the ingredients are USDA inspected. When the puppy is 8 weeks old, it should eat only dry food. Small dogs such as shorkies reach maturity between the age of 9 and 12 months. When the puppy reaches maturity, it should get food for adults. The first weeks the puppy eats dog milk and it gets the necessary amounts from its mother. However, if the shorkie puppy is orphaned, you need to feed it replacer. Feed your puppy 1/4 of its weight at birth and change this amount as the puppy develops. When the puppy switches to solid food, feed it half a cup a day. When the puppy becomes an adult, it may eat less because it no longer develops, so 1/4 of a cup is sufficient. During the first four weeks, shorkies will breastfeed every tw Continue reading >>

Low Blood Sugar Can Kill A Puppy

Low Blood Sugar Can Kill A Puppy

“Puppy Passed Out, Shaking, Won’t Get Up!” A 12-week-old female Maltese puppy curled up in an unnatural position in the middle of a dirty pink kitchen towel. Slimey drool and corn syrup stuck all over her chin and her whiskers. Her little eyes shut tightly, she barely breathed. Then her paw twitched spastically. (There is no picture of this because Yours Truli, VirtuaVet, was running down the hospital hallway to the treatment room, “Get the Dextrose solution and the I.V., STAT!” No time for pictures when a little life is on the line.) Shasta needed sugar desperately to keep her brain functioning. The body itself can run on replacement molecules, for example: ketones. The brain, however, needs glucose, a particular kind of sugar easily obtainable from food. If the brain does not receive the glucose it needs, the symptoms of low blood sugar rear up. After 15 minutes, her eyes open, breathing smooths, seizures subside, and a puppy might look like Shasta did: Symptoms of Low Blood Sugar in a Puppy (or Rabbit, or Kitten, or…) Weakness Confusion Incoordination Falling Over Tremors, Spastic Movements, Falling Over Twitches, Seizures Coma Death Dog Breeds Likely to Become Hypoglycemic Yorkshire Terrier Chihuahua Maltese Toy Poodle Shih Tzu Miniature Pinscher Toy Terrier Papillon Japanese Chin Pomeranian any tiny breed destined for 10 pounds or less full grown… Low Blood Sugar Treatment Your puppy will perk right up with glucose in its system. Sources of Sugar for your Puppy in an Emergency: NutriCal Karo syrup (corn syrup) Molasses Maple syrup (pancake syrup, too) Barley Malt Brown Rice Syrup If your puppy gets to the veterinarian before you know what’s going on, the veterinarian will give dextrose, a clean, safe, medical form of sugar that is given by mouth or Continue reading >>

How To Prevent Hypoglycemia In Dogs

How To Prevent Hypoglycemia In Dogs

Expert Reviewed Blood sugar acts as the main energy source for your dog, and hypoglycemia is a condition where your dog has low blood sugar levels. This can occur when a diabetic dog is given too much insulin, or the dog has a health problem, or your dog needs to eat more. If your dog's blood sugar drops, it can cause lethargy and even loss of consciousness. Learn how to prevent this condition to protect your dog. 1 Feed small dogs often. Toy breeds and puppies require more glucose than larger dogs, so they are more susceptible to hypoglycemia. To avoid this, feed your small dog often.[1] Feed your dog a meal high in quality protein[2], high in fat, with complex carbs, like white rice.[3][4] Make sure to keep small dogs warm if they are underweight or don’t eat. 2 Limit stress for puppies. Puppies under three months old can get hypoglycemia because they haven’t developed enough to regulate their blood sugar. Because of this, stress can bring on hypoglycemia. Limit stressors, such as poor nutrition, cold environments, and intestinal parasites.[5] 3 Feed your dog more before high levels of activity. If your dog is going to be engaging in high levels of activity, such as hunting, then you need to feed him beforehand. Give him food a few hours before the activity. The food should be high in protein and fat.[6] Intense exercise when a dog hasn’t eaten can cause hypoglycemia. Don't strenuously exercise a dog who has just eaten a meal, as this can cause bloating. Wait at least 90 minutes after feeding before exercising your dog. 4 Monitor dogs with conditions related to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is associated with certain conditions. If your dog has diabetes mellitus, she may develop hypoglycemia if she does not eat and is then given a dose of insulin, or is given too l Continue reading >>

My 2 Pound Hypoglycemic Maltipoo Puppy Wont Eat Unless I Give

My 2 Pound Hypoglycemic Maltipoo Puppy Wont Eat Unless I Give

yes to teeth, pointy and curved. no to large skull, sometimes she is lethargic and sometimes she is somewhat playful after she eats.have not tried pro pack food, I don't know where to get it.she is at the vets everyday-she had tests that ruled out liver shunt-she was given a dewormer for possible parasites, she has eye drops and the vet put her on a/d andutrical. i have karo syrup in her water that she waon't tough so I had to dump it out and justgive fresh plain water. she did drink from that. The vet does not seem to understand about these teacup pupps. Do you have any advice on how I can get her to eat on her own? I have to syringe feed her every 4 hours even through the night so that she doesn't "crash" will she ever eat on her own again? That is great you know this is not liver shunt as that was one of my concerns. Its good she has been wormed and this may help her get her appetite back. I'd go with the plain water as that is likely what she is used to. A food that is a bit similar to the Pro Pack is Purina Pro Plan (corn and chicken based) which might appeal to her. Typically I see breeders soaking the dry food in warm water and giving it warm to the pups. You might try giving her a dose of Nutrical and then in 20-30 minutes offer her some food to eat. The sugar rush and crash often perks up appetite and will encourage them to eat. A/D isn't very appealing as a food to dogs as its so bland so you might try some chicken baby food meat and leave her alone with it to see if she will investigate it and eat some on her own. If she does you then have something you can put on top of the food you want her eating to help encourage her to eat it. Baby food is not correctly balanced for a dog so you might want to try a high end canned dog food such as Merrick, Blue Buffalo, Continue reading >>

Sugar Crashes / Hypoglycemia

Sugar Crashes / Hypoglycemia

Pomeranian History By: Carol Keen The following is a combination of well used information. I have added my own comments and recommendations to this page in order to help puppy owners understand this issue more clearly. Toy breed dogs are susceptible to stress, which can cause a condition of low blood sugar, called hypoglycemia. Puppies under 10 weeks of age are more prone to get hypoglycemia. In small breed puppies from post-weaning to 4 months of age, the most common form of hypoglycemia is called Transient Juvenile Hypoglycemia: "Transient" because the symptoms can be reversed by eating; "Juvenile" because it is seen in young individuals. Sugar crashes can also occur in any dog that says small. They are often called "teacups", even though this term is misleading. For example a Pom growing up to be 2-3 pound is much more prone to sugar crashes than a Pom who is growing up to be 5 pounds or more. This fact holds true for other toy breed dogs as well. Glucose is the "simple" sugar that the body uses for "fuel" to run its various functions. Table sugar, or sucrose, is made up of two simple sugars, glucose and fructose, and can be broken down rapidly after eating. All sugars are carbohydrates. Grains are also carbohydrates but are considered "complex" carbohydrates because they have many more components and take longer to be broken down. The body uses glucose as its primary energy source. All the parts of the body except the brain can, if needed, use alternate energy sources--fatty acids, for example, which the body accesses by breaking down fat stores. The brain, however, is completely dependent upon glucose to function. If the glucose in the blood is lower than normal, the brain function is the first to show signs. In dogs, these signs may be seen as weakness, behavior c Continue reading >>

4 Signs Of An Impending Diabetic Pet Emergency

4 Signs Of An Impending Diabetic Pet Emergency

Caring for a diabetic pet can be challenging, but there are certain precautions pet owners can take to prevent a diabetic emergency like hypoglycemia. Preventing a health crisis in a dog or cat with diabetes involves employing a consistent daily routine involving diet, exercise, insulin therapy, and supplementation. It also involves avoiding any and all unnecessary vaccinations. Even the most diligent pet parent can find himself facing a diabetic emergency with a dog or cat. Hypoglycemia is the most common health crisis, and is usually the result of an inadvertent overdose of insulin. Symptoms of hypoglycemia can appear suddenly and include lethargy or restlessness, anxiety or other behavioral changes, muscle weakness or twitching, seizures, coma, and death. At-home treatment for a diabetic pet with hypoglycemia is determined by whether or not the animal is alert. Signs of other potential impending diabetic emergencies include ketones in the urine; straining to urinate or bloody urine; vomiting or diarrhea; or a complete loss of appetite or reduced appetite for several days. By Dr. Becker Caring for a diabetic pet can be quite complex and time consuming. It involves regular monitoring of blood glucose levels, making necessary dietary adjustments, giving insulin injections or oral medications, and keeping a careful eye on your pet at all times. Frequent veterinary visits are the norm for dogs and cats with diabetes, as are the costs associated with checkups, tests, medical procedures, and insulin therapy. And unlike humans with the disease, our pets can’t tell us how they’re feeling or help in their own treatment and recovery. Preventing Diabetic Emergencies The key to preventing diabetic emergencies with a pet involves implementing a consistent daily routine and sti Continue reading >>

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