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Old 03-08-2010, 12:21 AM
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Okay, so we all know that Chihuahuas are known for having Hypoglycemia attacks, especially the little ones. Is there any type of supplement they can take that has sugar in it so that they don't unexpectedly have one? Like a sugar pill, or something along that nature?? Pretty much just something that ensures they have sugar in their system.

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I'm not an expert on tinies by any means, but I do know that you have to make sure that they are eating at least every 2 hours. Even just a few bites. And not just pumping sugar into them, that causes a sugar crash as it causes the blood sugar to shoot up and then fall back down really fast. To keep it on an even keel requires protein, so you want to make sure the puppy is eating their puppy food as well as giving the nutracal if the puppy hasn't eaten. It's especially important to watch them overnight and any time they are going to be left alone for more than 2 hours at a time.

Some people will add sugar to the puppies water so they are getting that sugar boost every time they drink. But like I said - you have to make sure you aren't just pumping sugar into them. They HAVE to eat protein in order to keep the sugar stable.
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I'm not an expert on tinies by any means, but I do know that you have to make sure that they are eating at least every 2 hours. Even just a few bites. And not just pumping sugar into them, that causes a sugar crash as it causes the blood sugar to shoot up and then fall back down really fast. To keep it on an even keel requires protein, so you want to make sure the puppy is eating their puppy food as well as giving the nutracal if the puppy hasn't eaten. It's especially important to watch them overnight and any time they are going to be left alone for more than 2 hours at a time.

Some people will add sugar to the puppies water so they are getting that sugar boost every time they drink. But like I said - you have to make sure you aren't just pumping sugar into them. They HAVE to eat protein in order to keep the sugar stable.
Thanks so much for responding to this. I have never given Bella sugar, but was just curious..Where can you get Nutracal at? I have heard that you can give them honey or karo syrup, which I have, but I should go get some Nutracal.
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They have nutri-cal at petco/petsmart or most other pet supply stores. Also some vets sell it. It's in a tube, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Tomlyn-Product...8014106&sr=8-1
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They have nutri-cal at petco/petsmart or most other pet supply stores. Also some vets sell it. It's in a tube, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Tomlyn-Product...8014106&sr=8-1
Okay, thanks! Does it need to be the puppy kind?? And do you just give it to them anytime they will be alone for more than 2 hours?
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If it were me.... some people may have other opinions... but I'd give them a bit of it if I was going out and not going to be home for awhile, or certainly before bed and maybe first thing upon waking in the morning. Usually they will lick a bit from the tube (sort of like a toothpaste tube and you can just squeeze out some) or you can put some on your finger. If the puppy won't lick it off, you can put a pea sized blob on your finger and then open the puppies mouth and wipe it on the top of their mouth, behind their front teeth. They will have to eat it that way. Usually they like the taste and will lick it right up though.

I'd keep a couple jars of gerber baby food chicken (with nothing else added, just the little pots of meat) and do the same thing. Give a few licks of the baby food with the nutracal just to keep the sugars from jumping up and down.

Of course you want to make sure they are eating well and may have to mix some canned in with the dry (if that's what you choose to feed) in order to make sure they are eating heartily.
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If it were me.... some people may have other opinions... but I'd give them a bit of it if I was going out and not going to be home for awhile, or certainly before bed and maybe first thing upon waking in the morning. Usually they will lick a bit from the tube (sort of like a toothpaste tube and you can just squeeze out some) or you can put some on your finger. If the puppy won't lick it off, you can put a pea sized blob on your finger and then open the puppies mouth and wipe it on the top of their mouth, behind their front teeth. They will have to eat it that way. Usually they like the taste and will lick it right up though.

I'd keep a couple jars of gerber baby food chicken (with nothing else added, just the little pots of meat) and do the same thing. Give a few licks of the baby food with the nutracal just to keep the sugars from jumping up and down.

Of course you want to make sure they are eating well and may have to mix some canned in with the dry (if that's what you choose to feed) in order to make sure they are eating heartily.
Okay, this is so helpful! I will get Bella some baby food! And some Nurtical tomorrow. I really appreciate your help!
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Pixie has a crash just after i got her. I used honey as thats all i had at the time. I now dissolve a little bit of sugar in her drinking water. Just for peace of mind till she gets a bit bigger x
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