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Hypoglycaemia is a low blood sugar level; it can be life threatening.
What is a ‘hypo’ episode (hypoglycaemia)?
Hypoglycaemia is a low blood sugar level; it can be life threatening. This most often occurs when a pet does not eat or high exercise previous normal meal. Low blood sugar levels will make the affected animal very weak, and this can result in collapse or twitchiness and seizures (fits).
How should I feed my pet?
Please feed your animal with his/her normal food, divided in small and frequently meals (5-6 times a day). Please avoid sugary treats/meals as that can affect the sugar blood levels quickly.
How can I detect a hypoglycaemic episode?
When the blood glucose is only mildly low, the dog will be very tired and unresponsive. You may call it and get no response. Since many dogs sleep a lot during the day, this important sign is easily missed. Please watch for signs of low glucose, which include restlessness, tremors, lethargy or seizures. If mild clinical signs please give a small meal. If severe, apply honey or jam in the gums and look for veterinary assistance.
If severe hypoglycaemia occurs, a dog will have seizures or lose consciousness. This is an emergency that can only be reversed with intravenous administration of glucose. If it occurs please contacts us (01268 564664), or your local vet as soon as possible for emergency assistant.