Westbury Animal Hospital
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Current Cases: Bogie needed some sugar

Monday, December 16, 2013

Many small puppies come into the clinic throughout the year for not doing well. Their owners describe them as being depressed, not wanting to move around and not eating. The majority of these puppies are very tiny and just recently adopted. When puppies are this small and dependent they are susceptible to episodes of hypoglycemia where the body's blood sugar is not regulated well on its own and can drop dramatically if a meal is skipped.

Bogie at 12 weeks in the hospital

Bogie, the Affenpincher has generously allowed us to use him as our representative for all those adorable tiny fluffy puppies we so often see. Bogie had just arrived at his new forever home when his owners noticed he was lethargic and had vomited a few times. His blood glucose at the time of arrival was 46. The normal blood sugar in a dog should be above 70. Bogie was hospitalized and given IV dextrose (sugar) to help him feel better until he was able to eat regular meals on his own. 

Tiny pups who are prone to hypoglycemia should be offered many small meals throughout the day to keep their blood sugar more regulated. Often these puppies are easily distracted and need to be reminded when meal time is so they do not skip a meal. 

Signs of hypoglycemia in puppies include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly gait, comatose, and seizures. Some puppies have serious illnesses that cause their blood sugar to drop, but many of them just need a helping hand until they are big enough to do well on their own. 

Thank you Bogie, for sharing your story. The picture below is Bogie today at 4 months of age and doing well!

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