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Hypoglycemia

Description: Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, is a common condition in young, small-breed dogs. It can be caused by many conditions like bacteria, stress, diarrhea, parasitism, Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum), or by excessive insulin injection to animals being treated for diabetes.

What to Watch For: Signs include drowsiness, seizures, depression, muscle weakness, tremors, and disorientation. Fortunately, once controlled at this young age, most out-grow this condition.

Diagnosis: Your veterinarian will diagnose this condition by blood test. If controlled at a young age, most dogs outgrow this condition.

Treatment: Treatment includes reversing the decline in glucose levels. It is helpful to feed smaller meals throughout the day. Frequent feeding may prevent toy-breed puppies from developing hypoglycemia.

Breeds prone to Hypoglycemia include:

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