Chihuahuas, in the same way as other little varieties, experience difficulty controlling their glucose. The first run through my Chi endured a scene of low sugar, I truly didn’t have the foggiest idea what wasn’t right. He was 7 months old and had an entirely average day. At that point a brief timeframe in the wake of playing, he began strolling like he was flushed. It was like he had no power over his legs. He hurled froth and afterward essentially fell over. I was close to myself; how could we go from playing one moment to this scene the following?
I have consistently had in any event one canine in my life, however my Chihuahua, Norbit, was my first little variety of canine, and I was not sagacious to the hypoglycemia thing. It was on a Sunday, so we enveloped Norbit with a cover and went to the crisis vet. They took one look and said my canine had been harmed. I said that was truly outlandish, as he actually invested zero energy unattended. I knew for certain my canine hadn’t bit on anything other than his toys. At that point another vet tech on the job stated, “He is in sugar stun.” She had a few salvage Chihuahuas at home herself, and she said low glucose wasn’t exceptional in little varieties.
She put some Karo syrup on a level wooden stick and he just gazed at it teary peered toward like he had no clue about how to lick. So she put around a teaspoon of the syrup in a needle and—while clarifying I ought to never do this at home as he could stifle—he delicately pushed the syrup directly down this throat. He was genuinely great in an extremely brief timeframe. It was very alarming, nonetheless, and I pledged to put forth a valiant effort to keep my canine from consistently encountering this again by realizing why it occurred and what I could do to forestall it.
What Symptoms Will My Chihuahua Have?
In the case of my dog, his low blood sugar was caused by a play session that went on a little too long and too hard. Who can say no when a puppy keeps wanting to play? That was my mistake and I definitely learned from it.
I found from talking to my vet that a chihuahua with low blood sugar may:
- Wobble when either standing or sitting.
- If laying down your dog may have trouble lifting his head.
- Your dog may have a blank stare with glassy eyes.
- Often dogs in sugar shock tilt their heads to one side as if their head is very heavy on one side.
- As the low blood sugar progresses, your dog may shake badly, drool and froth at the mouth.
- Obvious signs of being disoriented.
Home Treatment of Hypoglycemia for Your Chihuahua
These tips for home treatment are just to get your Chihuahua physically functional. Continuously catch up with your veterinarian. It’s imperative to ensure there are no other extraordinary clinical issues that may have similar manifestations as low glucose, for example, tumors, bacterial contaminations, pancreatic issues, and different genuine ailments.
Feed Your Chi Something Sweet
Your goal here is to raise your dog’s blood sugar, so something sweet is in order. You can use honey, Karo syrup, or maple syrup. Also, I’ve used vanilla ice cream. As hypoglycemia can progress quickly and become life-threatening for your pooch, it’s important to act fast.
Note: Whatever method you choose to raise your dog’s sugar level, don’t just put honey in his mouth. He could choke. If he will lick it off your fingers, great. If not, you can rub honey, syrups or ice cream on your dog’s gums. Be careful, disoriented dogs can bite.
In the event that your dog has gone into the extreme phase of low glucose and is having central seizures or oblivious, continue scouring syrup on their gums while in transit to the vet; it might be life-putting something aside for your pet. It doesn’t take a lot. On a couple of events, my 10-lb chihuahua has gone into sugar stun, it’s taken only two or three teaspoons of nectar to bring him around.
Give Them Regular Food as Soon as Possible
After your dog becomes alert, he should eat as soon as possible so his blood sugar can become stable. You can give your dog regular food or treats; whatever you can get him interested in eating is fine.
Note: If your pup seems reluctant to eat, you can add a little honey or ice cream to their bowl to entice them to eat.
Last Word About Low Blood Sugar and Your Chihuahua
You can almost entirely avoid bouts of hypoglycemia by feeding your dog regularly and according to Dr. Greg Martinez DVM, since a lot of commercial dog foods are high in grain products, those foods actually set your dog up for low blood sugar. By switching to low-glycemic dog food, you can help your Chi maintain a more constant sugar level.
My vet advised me to feed my dog more than twice a day. So I just took his total amount of food and divided it up into smaller servings and if we do happen to have a play session that he over-exerts himself, and he loves to play hard, I make sure he eats a snack afterward and it’s kept the low blood sugar incidents at bay along with more frequent, smaller meals.
Also, if you have a Chihuahua or other small breed, make sure you have honey, Karo syrup, or vanilla ice cream at the ready. My vet also recommended a supplement called Nutri-Cal, which is a high-calorie supplement that provides extra energy. I hope you never have to experience this with your dog, but if you do, now you know how to handle it.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.