Does Hypoglycemia in Puppies Cause Blindness?by Betty Lewis
Hypoglycemia is an abnormally low level of glucose in the bloodstream. It's not unusual for it to strike puppies, particularly toy breeds, between 6 and 12 weeks of age. Puppies are vulnerable because their ability to regulate their blood glucose levels aren't fully developed and they have high glucose requirements.
Hypoglycemia Causes and Symptoms
A puppy uses a lot of energy during the course of his busy day. If Willie misses a meal, plays too hard or gets cold, he can suddenly develop an episode of hypoglycemia. In addition to blurred vision, or even sudden blindness, a hypoglycemic young pup can develop tremors or a staggering gate, and act depressed or listless. In extreme cases, a puppy who was previously healthy and active can suddenly slip into a coma.
Take Care of Your Pup
If Willie experiences any of the symptoms for hypoglycemia, rub a bit of corn syrup, honey or sugar water on his gums and get him to the vet. Puppies suffering from hypoglycemia tend to have a favorable prognosis. If Willie suffers repeated episodes, he should be tested for underlying problems.
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