Shiloh is a good example of a toy breed with hypoglycemia. She is a 4lb Shih Tzu Poodle mix and was brought into see us just 5 days after being picked up from the breeder. She was brought into our clinic with symptoms of vomiting, not eating, weakness, dehydration, and extreme lethargy. She was tested for the parvo virus upon arrival and when those test results came back negative, she was put on IV fluids and hospitalized for further observation and treatment. Shiloh stayed with us through the night and most of the following day. When our staff came in the next morning at 7:00am they found her bright and alert and whining at the door of her kennel. Even though Shiloh was alert and more active, she still would not eat on her own. Our staff managed to syringe feed her to get something in her stomach and then she was able to go home for the evening.
This pattern continued over the next couple of days. Shiloh was reaching extreme highs and extreme lows. She would go from running around the house and being playful, to crashing and having to be rushed back into the clinic. It was determined that Shiloh was hypoglycemic and, once she was feeling better, was able to be sent home with strict instructions that would keep her from crashing again. These instructions included having to be fed every 2 hours along with taking a high calorie supplement. Her family was diligent and worked hard to keep Shiloh going, and thanks to their dedication, Shiloh is now doing well and able to eat kibbled dog food on her own. She is still being monitored to make sure that as she grows there are no more complications. The extreme lows that Shiloh was experiencing when her blood sugar drops are life threatening and not something to take lightly. With the proper care, dogs that experience hypoglycemia can live long and happy lives; just like Shiloh.