Anyone who is considering adopting a Miniature Pinscher puppy, absolutely must be aware of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia in Miniature Pinscher puppies is very serious and can be fatal! The good news is hypoglycemia is 100% preventable. This information is VERY important for puppies that are flying or have a long journey to their new home.
Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, is a condition where the blood sugar level of a puppy drops to an extremely low level, usually due to lack of food, or by using up all stored energy without it being replenished, (playing/running for extended periods of time, shivering out of nervousness or being chilled, stress, traveling, new environment,etc...).
Hypoglycemia is completely preventable. It is much easier and cheaper to prevent hypoglycemia than to treat it. When you first bring your puppy home, I strongly advise you to feed your puppy. Make sure your puppy eats every 3-4 hours, even if it is a small amount and even if you have to hand feed your pup and yes at first during the night time.. Feeding instructions below.
Fori-Cal Gel, Nutri-cal or Nutri-stat paste are wonderful for preventing hypoglycemia. I recommend using 3 times a day if you want to be on the safe side, especially first thing in the morning, after playtime and before bed. Just squeeze about a pea size of the paste and put it in his mouth yourself. If you could rub it on the side of the gums even better. If you find yourself without the above supplements you can use regular pancake syrup, jelly, honey or Karo syrup. A great way to help prevent this is to put a tiny bit of pancake syrup in their water so they get that extra sugar whenever they drink.. Signs of Hypoglycemia in Puppies Please call me immediately if your puppy has any signs of hypoglycemia, or if you even THINK your puppy may have hypoglycemia. I am here for you 100%. (315) 684-1187
A Miniature Pinscher puppy experiencing hypoglycemia is very scared and may exhibit one or more of the following signs: The gums of a normal puppy will be bright red or pink just like human gums. Gums that are pale in places (whitish spots) or light pink may indicate that your puppy's blood sugar is dropping. Gums that are white, your puppy needs quick attention to avoid hypoglycemic coma.
2. Another sign that may be seen is your puppy vomiting greenish or clear bile. Foamy saliva may also appear at your puppy's mouth. These symptoms usually go hand in hand with your puppy not eating for awhile. You need to give your puppy Forti-cal (or one of the other remedies), then a protein based food as fast as possible.
3. More signs are: acting lethargic and listless, walking unsteady as if they were drunk, falling over, shakiness and even laying on their side and being unresponsive. This is an EMERGENCY and your Puppy must be given some type of sugar immediately!
After giving a form of sugar, wrap your puppy in a blanket to keep them warm. If a heating pad or electric blanket is available, set it to low and use it to help warm up your puppy. Wait 5 or 10 minutes for your puppy to perk up. If there is no improvement, administer more sugar. When your puppy perks up get them to eat immediately.
EMERGENCY SITUATION: Take your puppy to a vet immediately if you see no signs of improvement or responsiveness, or if your puppy appears comatose. Before you leave the house rub some Nutri Cal, Pancake or Karo syrup around in the mouth. Don't put enough to choke on. Rush to the vet for a glucose injection or an I.V to save their life! Remember to put that sugar in its mouth before you leave. Some of it can still be absorbed and might help.. Causes of Hypoglycemia 1. Over handling your new puppy and not allowing them to get enough rest. I know how it is when you get a new puppy and you just want to play with them, but please keep in mind that they are babies and need lots of sleep.
2.Pups that do not receive enough nutrition. Just because your tiny puppy has a bowl of food, does not mean they are eating. It is not uncommon for a new puppy to forget where their food is if they have run of the house. Make sure you actually see you puppy eating their food. For this reason only put a small amount of food in the bowl so that you can tell if it has been eaten by the puppy.
3. Stress of moving to a new home. Please pay very close attention to your new puppy when you take them home. It is quite a transition for them. They have just left their litter mates. Most of the time they will be fine, but some will become stressed and stop eating.
4. Changing your puppy's food can cause diarrhea, resulting in hypoglycemia. Keep your puppy on the food you were given, Victor Hi-Pro Plus. Cheap corn based foods are no good even though they are popular because they are cheap. . If you are having low blood sugar issues use goat milk formula. Give the puppy as much as it wants. If it won't drink it by itself you can use a dropper or syringe it carefully in the mouth on to the tongue. This will perk a puppy up fast. In about a minute or two.