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Home : Frequently Asked Pet Health Questions : G-H-I : HYPOGLYCEMIA : 


HYPOGLYCEMIA:  Caused when a pet’s blood sugar drops significantly below normal levels. Often a reaction to stress, excitement, or over-activity may be the cause. Very common in the small “toy” breeds. It may be inherited or simply a result of the body’s internal organs developing a little more slowly than normal.


  • Loss of energy.
  • Becomes more quiet than normal.
  • Shivering.
  • Wobbly, cannot stand.
  • Semi-comatose or comatose (sleepy).
  • Subnormal body temperature.
  • “Fainting” spells in older dogs, particularly during exercise.


IV Injections of Glucose would use replacement of the blood sugar.
Recovery is usually very rapid.

HOME THERAPY: (when you think an attack is on the verge of happening)

  • 2-3cc Karo Syrup, Honey, or Sugar Water/5 pounds body weight.
  • Keep Warm.
  • Limit Exercise.
  • Have examined by veterinarian to insure there are no other causes.


All newly arrived puppies, especially toy breeds, should have honey, light Karo Syrup daily. 
Feed high quality puppy/kitten foods.
Monitor food intake to be sure consuming enough food to meet normal body.


  • Monitor pets with vomiting and/or diarrhea very closely.
  • Notify the Veterinarian if you see any of the following signs:
  • Seizures persist or become more severe.
  • Seizures in the absence of exercise or stress.
  • Your pet drinks more water or urinates more frequently.
  • Your pet begins to lose weight.

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