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What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia refers to an abnormal decrease of glucose concentration in the blood, or more simply - low blood sugar levels.  A normal blood glucose value for healthy, non-diabetic dogs is 3.3-6.1 mmol/L.  Hypoglycemia occurs when excessive glucose consumption depletes the reserves of glucose in the body.  Hypoglycemia can be a result of endocrine or hepatic disorders, a higher energy requirement for glucose, lack of glucose due to fasting, or toxicity.  Hypoglycemia will leave dogs feeling weak and groggy.  If left untreated, unconsciousness followed by death will result.

Hypoglycemia is defined as a low blood sugar concentration.  As sugar (in the form of glucose) is the primary energy source in the body, low blood sugar levels will ultimately affect organ and brain function.

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Symptoms of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Symptoms of hypoglycemia will usually begin with low energy and a delayed response time, if left to progress further these symptoms will develop into more serious signs such as seizures and collapse.  Potential symptoms include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy (low energy)
  • Slow response time
  • Unusual behaviour
  • Polyuria (increased urination)
  • Polydipsia (increased thirst)
  • Lack of coordination
  • Partial paralysis of hindquarters
  • Weakness
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Trembling
  • Involuntary twitching
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
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Causes of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Hypoglycemia can be the result of underlying endocrine or hepatic disorders, sudden increase in the use of glucose by the body, inadequate amounts of glucose, or toxicity.  Causes include:

  •  Abnormal growth of pancreatic cells
  • Cancer in the liver or gastrointestinal system
  • Inflammation of the liver
  • Portosystemic shunt
  • Glycogen-storage disease
  • Excessive strenuous exercise
  • Overuse of glucose in the body during pregnancy
  • Reduced intake of glucose due to starvation or malnutrition
  • Delayed time between meals in kittens and puppies (especially toy breeds)
  • Overdosing of insulin
  • Toxicity from ingestion of artificial sweeteners
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Diagnosis of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

When hypoglycemia is suspected on the basis of the above clinical signs and history, the veterinarian will first perform a complete physical exam.  This will be followed by a measurement of the current blood glucose value and potential ancillary tests to define the underlying causes of the condition. 

The initial blood glucose measurement is assessed using a glucometer (also called a glucose meter) and it is a quick easy test that only requires a small drop of blood from the patient.  This is beneficial for hypoglycaemic puppies and kittens as a large sample is not required. The result appears within a few seconds.  An ideal blood glucose value is 3.3-6.1 mmol/L, any reading that is lower than this indicates hypoglycaemia. 

Additional blood tests may be performed to evaluate organ function (specifically the kidney, liver, and pancreas), electrolyte imbalances, thyroid function, cortisol function, and other blood related conditions.  A urinalysis (urine test) may be performed to eliminate urinary infections or disease, as well as evaluate kidney function.

If the cause of hypoglycaemia is suspected to be related to cancer or tumour growth, then an ultrasound may be performed.

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Treatment of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Initial treatment is aimed at correcting the hypoglycemic crisis by way of raising the blood sugar levels.  Depending on the severity and symptoms, this may be initially managed by rubbing glucose or corn syrup on the gums (a treatment which can be started by the owner at home).  If more aggressive therapy is required, the dog will be placed on a intravenous fluid infusion containing concentrated dextrose. Blood glucose levels will be reassessed after the initial treatment.

Ongoing treatment will focus on management of the underlying cause of disease.  If the hypoglycaemia has occurred due to fasting or over exercise, the condition will be resolved after a period of rest.  Dogs will usually be monitored for several hours at the veterinary hospital and then sent home with preventative discharge instructions.

If hypoglycaemia occurred due to a cancer, tumour, or portosystemic shunt then surgery could be necessary.  Inflammatory or endocrine disorders may be treated with medical management.  Toxicity is usually managed with supportive treatment.  Defining and treating the underlying cause is essential or hypoglycaemia will reoccur.

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Recovery of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Once a patient is discharged after a hypoglycemic episode, it is important to continue home monitoring for signs of reoccurrence.  Dogs may be sent home with specific surgical discharge instructions or medications to treat the underlying conditions depending on what is performed in clinic.

For cases of strict hypoglycemia, special care should be taken in small breed puppies or kittens and highly active dogs to prevent reoccurrence.  For puppies and kittens, frequency of feeding should be increased to several small meals per day instead of one large meal.  For active dogs, it is advised to feed a moderate meal several hours before activity and to keep snacks readily available.  Care should also be taken to monitor dogs closely when there is a requirement for fasting, for example pre-operative periods.

Ultimately, prognosis and the expected time to a full recovery is dependent on the underlying conditions that have contributed to hypoglycemia.

 

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Cost of Hypoglycemia in Dogs

Treatment cost will vary greatly depending on the underlying conditions responsible for the hypoglycemic episode.  For an initial consultation, blood glucose test, and treatment with glucose syrup, the cost will be approximately $80 - $200.  If an intravenous glucose infusion is required this can add an additional $100 - $300.  Treatment cost for underlying causes is based on whether surgical intervention or medical therapy is necessary, and will start from $800.  Ongoing treatment may be necessary and the total treatment cost can be between $1000 - $8000.

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Hypoglycemia Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Last week I took 2-pound Charrita to the MedVet emergency pet hospital in the middle of the night. She wasn't acting herself, she was curled up strangely and would wimper when I tried to move her. I thought she swallowed a small piece of bone. The vet at the hospital said Charrita may just have an upset stomach because the x-ray shows the partially digested, very small bone fragments, and some liquid and air; nothing out of the ordinary. Heart rate and breathing was good. The vet gave me 10 days’ worth of Gabapentin liquid in syringes (.10mg) to give her every 8 hours for possible pain. The vet simply told me to watch out for vomiting and diarrhea. On the Gabapentin, Charrita slept most of the time and got up to pick at her food and drink water. I figured it was good that she was sleeping off her tummyache. No vomiting or diarrhea at any time. She was urinating normally, and healthy-pooped 3 times during the week. A week later, Charrita acted dizzy upon waking in the morning, her head titled to one side, and walked like a drunk. She did not seem to be in any pain, but I am a worrywort. I rushed her to a regular VCA vet, who told me that Charrita appeared to have severe hypoglycemia, probably from not eating as much as she should. He sent me to Premiere, another emergency animal hospital 10 minutes away. By the time I got there, Charrita was unconscious. I gave all the info they asked for and they obtained her records from MedVet and VCA. The Premier vet told me that Charrita snapped out of the coma after administration of dextrose, but had profound hypoglycemia. I asked questions but the answers were simply "it's low sugar, in order to find out what is causing the hypoglycemia, she would need to be evaluated on a drip for 48 hours". My options were $4800 for the two days of observation (x-rays, ultrasound, dextrose drip, bloodwork) and there was no guarantee that she would ever recover…or I could take her home to die (possibly in pain), or I could put her down humanely at the hospital. I did not have any money left, and I was not eligible for credit. I had spent $500 for the first emergency vet and the Gabapentin, $70 for the regular vet's consultation, and $485 for Premier's dextrose injection and preliminary diagnosis. The vet told me that Charrita had a long, good life, and if I can't afford even her observation, putting her down would be the best I could do for her, and would cost only $144. In tears, I opted to put her down because I could not bear the thought of bringing Charrita home to die in pain. Once it was done, and I was back at home, I still couldn't understand how Charrita got so sick, so fast. Before the "bone incident", she was a playful, energetic 16 year old teacup chihuahua, running around the house at top speed and barking at the mailman every day. She had never gotten sick before. Charrita was gone. I took to the internet to find out about hypoglycemia in dogs. What I found made me feel even more sad that I gave up on my Charrita. I wish that MedVet would have alerted me to the side effects of the pain medication it prescribed. I now know that because Charrita was only 9" nose to tail, her body cannot store a lot of sugar. I learned that the liquid Gabapentin, which MedVet prescribed to Charrita for her tummyache, contains Xylitol, a POISON that causes fatal hypoglycemia in dogs. I also learned that Chihuahuas can live to be upwards of 20 years old. I now believe the Gabapentin caused her hypoglycemic coma. Both the regular vet and the second emergency vet knew that Charrita had been on liquid Gabapentin. I must assume that these vets knew that the Xylitol in Gabapentin could very well be the only cause of her hypoglycemia. They never even mentioned it, instead preferring to mention it would cost $4800 to see if cancer, sepsis, liver failure, pancreatic disease, etc. was the cause. I had no idea that I was feeding Charrita Xylitol every 8 hours, poisoning her slowly, until she was so weak she could not eat properly, walk, or even think. I elected to put her down without realizing I could possibly save her by simply giving her a little honey or Karo syrup to offset the effects of the Xylitol in Gabapentin. I could have saved my Charrita. Charrita only had a tummyache. She didn't deserve to die. There were things I could have tried at home, but it seems to me the options weren't offered to me because there is no profit to the vet if cheaper alternatives are suggested. I feel I was guilt-tripped into putting Charrita down, because I could not pay for "observations" so the vet could find out what caused the hypoglycemia (I'm now sure the vet already knew, but wanted more money). I now feel I cannot trust veterinarians. While at the vet, especially in an emergency, people should be told if the pain medication, which is being prescribed to treat a simple problem, contains poison which will actually cause worse health problems, and unnecessary death, to a beloved pet. Is a pet owner supposed to have knowledge of all the ingredients of a pain medication, or should an emergency vet automatically warn pet owners when an ingredient can be fatal? Shouldn't a vet inform a pet owner if there are possible ways to help a hypoglycemic pet at home, in the face of probable Xylitol poisoning?

June 27, 2018

Charrita's Owner


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I"m very sorry for the loss of your Charrita. Human forms of gabapentin contain xylitol, but in the veterinary community, we are very aware of the effects of xylitol, and we have a compounded version that does not contain xylitol. I would be very surprised if the form that she got did have that ingredient. I am sorry for your experience, but the causes of hypoglycemia in dogs can be numerous, and expensive to diagnose and treat. Calling the original veterinarian to ensure that her gabapentin did not contain xylitol may put your mind at ease.

June 27, 2018

Charrita's story made me teary! What a cute name "Charrita"! I am so sorry this happened to Charrita. I read everything you posted and I understand you completely. Something similar happened to me with "Penny" Very small Chihuahua with hypoglycemia. 4 vets later I found out what was wrong with her.

July 14, 2018

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Also I would like to clarify how much Gabapentin was prescribed for Charrita's tummyache. I had originally wrote ".10mg" as the dosage. I meant to write .10ml - each of the pre-filled syringes had between .10 and .20 of the sweet clear Gabapentin liquid. On the 2 dark blue containers which held 15 syringes each, it instructs to give a syringe every 8-10 hours. On the botton of the label, it says "Gabapentin 100mg/ml". So according to my calculation, Charrita was given between 10mg and 20 mg of Gabapentin every 8-10 hours via the syringes. That's 5m to 10mg per pound. Charrita was to finish all of the medication. After 9 days, I still had a few left, and Charrita stopped defecating. I looked this up after the fact, and found that the amount/frequency of Gabapentin which was prescribed to Charrita seems to be way off. For pain, the normal dosage is 1.5-5mg/lb, once every 24 hours. A very common side effect is sedation, I was never told this, or told it could be harmful. How is a dog to eat while sedated?? Why on earth would a vet give a dog a seizure-sized prescription to a very tiny dog for a simple stomach upset? Why was I not alerted to the complications that could occur if she slept too much because of this medication? The more I investigate, the more sorry I am for bringing Charrita to the 24hr MedVet pet hospital ER. I know I can complain all I want now, but it can't bring Charrita back. I accept my personal responsibility for my Charrita's early demise. I gave her a bone, which she enjoyed for the first time in her life; it shouldn't have been the last time. In my emotional state, vets convinced me that I should put her down if I can't pay $4800 for two days of diagnostics. As I look at it all now, I do not see why the diagnostics would cost so much. She had an x-ray before being prescribed Gabapentin. So, Premiere would be charging me for another one, an ultrasound, bloodwork, and overnight stay with drip. I have looked in many internet boards after the fact and cannot see a price that high unless for actual surgery. I now really think that the sticker shock was precisely designed to encourage me to put Charrita down so I would have no proof of what I am saying on these posts. So far, I do not expect that any vet at the 2 pet hospitals or the VCA vet will accept any responsibility for my sweet Charrita's untimely end. Vets use Gabapentin as a sedative as well as a pain reliever. Charrita was prescribed a sedative dosage. I assume that the ER vet knew this would make it hard for Charrita to eat, since she would be sedated. Not eating enough can cause the exact symptoms Charrita had. The Gabapentin should have immediately raised the vets' suspicion as a primary cause for Charrita's reversible symptoms. Yet, the first suspicion was cancer, based only on her senior age, not on any cancer symptoms. I'm sorry but I can't let go of the pain of losing Charrita without voicing all these revelations regarding the MedVet vet who overprescribed a drug that was possibly poisonous and can have deadly side effects, and failed to inform me of those dangers which only vets know about (I'm still waiting for a call from MedVet regarding the pharmacy it uses and possible Xylitol content of the Gabapentin given to Charrita). And regarding the VCA vet, who knew Charrita was stupored on Gabapentin but sent me to the Premiere hospital he is affiliated with. And especially Premiere vets, who made the conscious decision to deny the very high probability that Charrita's medication, not cancer or her age, created a domino effect of events that caused her to become hypoglycemic.

July 3, 2018

Charrita's Owner


7/2/2018 This is a long post, but my aim is to possibly help pet owners, since it's too late for me. I think I spoke too soon in my previous posts regarding the Gabapentin. I spoke to one of the original staff at Medvet yesterday and she said she really doesn't think there is Xylitol in the Gabapentin syrup they use for dogs and cats, but she will need a week to call me back while she investigates it with the pharmacy they use. No call back from the the vet who prescribed the Gabapentin, either. I'm way too late, but I'm still not convinced that Charrita was sick with something like cancer. Like I said, she was fine the day before the bone incident. Never any vomiting, diarrhea, always super active and feisty. She's always been small and never overweight. She ate good (1/4 cup canned Pedigree Ground Chicken with Rice, 2-3 times per day). On the Gabapentin I would literally have to wake her up to eat everyday, she was eating much less than normal, but since she was sleeping good I thought nothing of it. She had no vomiting or diarrhea at any point (the prescribing vet only told me to watch for that, not for anything else). She was picking at her food for the entire time she was on Gabapentin. Every time I woke her, she would eat a gulp of food and urinate, then drink water and go back to sleep. The VCA vet interpreted this as PD/PU, but when I looked this term up, it's not what Charrita was experiencing on Gabapentin. She didn't just drink water and then pee it out. Hours would pass after drinking water before she urinated (when I would wake her up to eat), her urine was a normal yellow and she did not urinate a lot. She had complete control of her urge and would walk all the way to her pad (about 40 feet) to urinate, until the last day of her life. On the day I euthanized her (9 days on Gabapentin), I had brought her in to VCA because of my concern that she had been 2 days without a bowel movement, was walking like she was drunk or dizzy, and had a hard time standing on all fours. That vet said Charrita appeared hypoglycemic, and sent me to Premiere hospital. It was a hot day and she fainted (coma-like) as I walked into Premiere hospital. I had to pay first, and Charrita perked right up after administration of a dextrose injection. The vet said that since I couldn't afford the observations I could put her down to avoid suffering. Although I did believe that, eventually, Charrita would get sick one day, I still believe I made a mistake that day, based on blind trust. Even if it turns out that the Gabapentin did not have Xylitol (heaven knows why it will take MedVet a week to find out for sure), there are other things besides cancer that could have caused Charrita's symptoms of lethargy, hypoglycemia, and passing out. One of those things are starvation. #1 Charrita had no cancer symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, or jaundice at any time. She had no lethargy before she was given Gabapentin for an upset stomach. She had eaten something different for the first time in her life, a bone, which I though she had swallowed whole; but according to MedVet's x-rays had actually been chewed up in proper tiny pieces, and air from that meal was causing a tummyache. #2 Charrita never had any vomiting or diarrhea, neither before nor after this incident. She had healthy poop every day up until she was given Gabapentin, then she pooed far less frequently, in much smaller amounts, but still healthy-looking. I got concerned when a whole 2 days passed without poo, which is one of the reasons I brought her to VCA. #3 Charrita was obviously not eating as much because Gabapentin kept her asleep. I had to physically wake her to eat and drink, but she would only pick at the food. She did not eat anything on the day I brought her to VCA; she was so weak and dizzy. #4 Premiere staff recently told me that because Charrita had a "tent" of loose skin on her scruff, she probably had anorexia due to some form of cancer, and although it was sad to put Charrita down, I MUST acknowledge that she was very, very sick and would have died at home anyway. Although I appreciate that vet staff would try to make me feel better about giving Charrita a gift of humane death, I find it curious that Premiere would mention this as a possible symptom of Charrita's condition. Charrita did have a "tent" on her scruff, and she had that tent since she was a puppy. Charrita ate very well (1/4 cup of food 2-3 times a day) and had no anorexia (loss of appetite), until after going on Gabapentin. Charrita was a very active senior dog and I now realize she wasn't eating enough for at least a week, because she was just too sleepy on Gabapentin. The MedVet vet should have given me better information, i.e. I may need to force-feed Charrita a normal amount of food, or give her vitamins, while on Gabapentin. I could have been told that dogs need the same amount of food whether resting or not, and I may need to feed by syringe if necessary. All of Charrita's symptoms are also the same as could be found as side effects of Gabapentin. I agree with the VCA vet that Charrita had developed hypoglycemia. I do not agree that Charrita also suffered of PD/PU, now that I have an understanding of what it is. I do not agree with Premiere's judgement in this case (that Charrita needed $4800 worth of observation or would've died in pain at home). Charrita could have been saved. I do not think she was in pain; she verbally wimpers when in pain, like in 2008 when she was 7 years old and I trimmed a bit too much of one of her nails, or on 6/13/2018, when she had a tummyache. I possibly could have taken her home and given her sugar, and force-fed her if necessary, while I weaned her off the Gabapentin (yet another thing the MedVet vet, or ANY vet, failed to mention - Gabapentin is addictive for dogs). Charrita was just so very hungry, as Gabapentin slowly robbed her of vitamins and minerals, and made her too drowsy to eat. No options were given to me to help her at home. Premiere convinced me that without very expensive vet intervention, I had no other option but to help Charrita die humanely. I am not saying don't go to a vet when you have a concern for your beloved pet. I'm not saying don't use Gabapentin if the vet thinks it will help. What I am saying is blind trust can kill your pet way faster that cancer because a vet may not tell you everything you really need to know, and you may not know what questions should be asked. I am glad that Charrita will never experience the pain of cancer, or the blade of a veterinarian. She was a loyal, sweet girl and I gave her up too soon. This was so painful to me because deep down I know she wasn't sick until I brought her to the vet for a tummyache. I fed her the medication that made her sick. I was the one who decided to put her down. Don't wait until your pet gets sick. Don't just expect a vet to inform you for free. They need to eat, too (although in my case, it would have costed the vet nothing to simply better inform me before the consequences happened). The internet is easy to access - look up every/any pet symptom, medication and poison so you can recognize something going wrong. If your pet is prescribed meds for a tummyache (like my Charrita was) and suddenly develops symptoms of lethargy, drunken walk, loss of appetite, weakness and extreme sleepiness, these were Charrita's hypoglycemia symptoms after 9 days on Gabapentin. Gabapentin obviously eliminates pain in pets, but can cause those symptoms. Ask your vet about home remedies like Karo Syrup, honey, or even sugar water; vitamins, and force-feeding a healthy pet who is not eating normally while on Gabapentin. And, of course, find out for sure whether your vet's Gabapentin has Xylitol (not a deal-breaker in correct dosage). Xylitol is a poison to dogs but it seems the toxic effects can be controlled when benefit outweighs the risks (if you have a very sick pet in pain; like for cancer or arthritis). If your vet says he "pretty sure" the prescribed Gabapentin doesn't contain Xylitol, but needs a week to get back to you on it for sure, know that your pet may have no time for that. I never asked - I'm not a veterinarian and had never heard of Gabapentin. Besides informing pet owners better, vets should be informed of what exactly they are prescribing, including ALL side effects. MedVet never told me to watch out for sleepiness, ataxia, weakness, and undereating with Gabapentin. I was only told to watch out for vomiting or diarrhea, which Charrita never experienced. In Charrita's case, I'm sure the Gabapentin helped her with her upset stomach pain. But it also caused her to eat very little, she can't eat if she is sleeping all the time. A very small, active dog like my Charrita needed to eat constantly to keep up her superfast metabolism, even when she wasn't running around. But I didn't know that Gabapentin would slow her digestive and mental systems to almost a complete halt. I'm really hoping my posts help somebody. I miss you, sweet Charrita.

July 2, 2018

Charrita's Owner


I also wanted to say that I'm very sorry for doubting the vets in this case. And myself, because once I believed that the Gabapentin liquid has Xylitol, I was also beating myself up over feeding it to her every 8 hours. I now know that in the end, it eased her tummyache and whatever else may have been hurting her; she was able to sleep well and got rested instead of running all over the house all day to make sure I was safe.

June 28, 2018

Charrita's Owner


Thank you for your kind words. Today I did just that, I went to both vets and tearfully voiced my thoughts. They assured me that the clear liquid Gabapentin given for Charrita did not have any xylitol, and was a compounded version made especially for Charrita's very small size. I guess I was just overcome with emotion over putting Charrita down. Today they also told me while honey and Karo may work for a while, it would just delay the inevitable; even though I could not afford to do the tests and observation, they were sure that Charrita had a serious health problem and she would not survive it at home. I understand that Charrita was very old for a dog, and I just have to accept that at some point something was going to go wrong. I'm still so sad, but the last words she heard before being put to sleep forever was that she was a good girl and I love her. I know that whatever was making her sick cannot hurt her any more.

June 28, 2018

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Hi, my pom does not want to eat. He smells his food and runs away. He also plays with his food but does not eat it. He is active and playful but pees a lot. I fear that it might be hypoglycemia. Any suggestions on what I can do would be of grat help.

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Without seeing Rocky, I'm not sure if he is just being a playful puppy, or if he may have something wrong with his mouth that is preventing him from eating. Since I can't see him, it would be a good idea to have your veterinarian look at him to make sure that nothing is going on with him that is causing a problem. I hope that all goes well for him!

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My 16 year old Maltese mix dogie had an episode about a little over a year ago and she was diagnosed as having had an 'old dog disease' episode. She has been fine since until about 3 weeks ago when all of a sudden she couldn't see, bumping into everything, was disoriented, not able to determine the direction of our voices, shaky on her legs, drinking large amounts of water and urinating a lot and all over the house. We took her to our vet who did a complete blood count, which came back normal. She then had a liver and kidney test, which was also normal. The vet then wanted to test for diabetes, which she did and it was determined that she was hypoglycemic. They asked us to giver her more complex carbs in her diet and I explained that she was a fussy eater and if I could introduce glucose or corn syrup as a supplement instead. She said that would be ok and that I could give her a teaspoon of honey or glucose once a day. Before I had a chance to put that into effect, today she threw up all her food whole and right after she dis that she had some sort of seizure that lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. We have been unsuccessful in getting hold of our vet and got some advice from the Internet and based on that we gave her a syringe of corn syrup diluted. She has since caught herself and seems ok now. But our question is are we on the right track and what should we do now? And also, should we continue giving her the glucose and if so for how long and how much?

April 28, 2018

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It does sound like Cuchie is having hypoglycemic episodes which may lead to seizures, rubbing honey on the gums in these situations can help and it seems that your Veterinarian is on the right track with a diagnosis. It is important to monitor Cuchie’s behaviour and movement as this can be an early indicator of low blood glucose and you can act quickly with some honey before to gets worse. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max is a Malinois/Lab mix,100 lbs. He's been dealing with seizures for about 6+ months now. He's been to 2 different vets, both who weren't confident diagnosing anything conclusively without a follow up to a specialist. The first vet suggested a pancreatic tumor, the second just seemed to think that until further testing that the seizures might as well be considered idiopathic. We're quite concerned, because there are so many illnesses out there that share several symptoms in common with Max's situation. We feed him 4-6 times a day now (2-3 small meals, 2-3 snacks), and we include a bit of karo syrup on most of these, just to make sure there is a constant influx of readily available glucose. This seems to help, though there have still been seizures that just don't correlate with any missed meals. He bit his tongue so badly he could barely eat mush for 10 days, so I have a pair of small nylabones on stand by to stick between his molars during the next seizure. Anyway, we're concerned he may have something serious, like encephalitis, or tetanus, etc. We live in St. Louis, and I'm aware that we have our own brand of encephalitis here, and Max started showing symptoms in the fall. He does have a fenced yard, and there's a creek on the other side of the neighbor's house, so he could have easily been bitten by a tick or mosquito. Also, there is an Extremely emaciated dog next door, I literally can't believe it's alive. They do get up close through the fence sometimes, who knows what that thing is infected with. So the next stop is the specialist, what kind of tests does Max need to really narrow this thing down? I'm just not convinced that chronically low blood sugar explains all this, he was always a super high energy dog and never had a big appetite. The only problem he ever had before was gastroenteritis as a puppy (for at least 6 months). So far he's had basic blood work, which only showed low glucose, and an x-ray, which didn't show anything. We declined the phenobarbitol for now, because we want to wait for a third opinion. I forgot to add, he can barely walk around long enough to relieve himself, and then his legs all start collapsing. So we just get stuck for awhile while he lays there, and then it takes about a minute per meter to get him back inside. Sometimes we have to use a blanket as a stretcher. This still happens even if we just Gave him treats or food with karo syrup a half hour before. That's why I'm not sold on the hypoglycemic prognosis.

April 3, 2018

Max's Owner


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The question isn’t if there is hypoglycemia (we know that), the most important question is what is causing it; a pancreatic tumour (insulinoma) would explain why blood glucose levels are low even after karo syrup has been given since a insulinoma continues to produce insulin regardless of blood glucose levels. Whilst x-rays are noted in the diagnosis of insulinoma, they are not reliable; ultrasound, CT scan or exploratory laparotomy with a biopsy are better diagnostic methods; check the links below for more information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/insulinoma www.acvs.org/small-animal/insulinoma

April 3, 2018

Max's owner is an ass

May 16, 2018

Charlene D.


I can't believe this dog owner is so selfish to refer to the emaciated dog next door as 'that thing'. How can anyone be so concerned about their own dog, yet completely indifferent to the suffering of the neighbour's dog!

May 6, 2018

Julie W.


How can this owner beside talking about his dog condition be so heartless about the dog next door. Take action not only for your dog but the your neighbor dog. where's your compassion!!!

April 28, 2018

Stephanie A.


Thank you for your quick response, we will get these tests done as soon as we can, I just hope we haven't taken too long.

April 3, 2018

Max's Owner

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Cj

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Cocker Spaniel

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My dog is diabetic and has been for about a year and a half. In the last couple weeks her blood sugar has dropped three times leaving her with lost vision weakness in the legs and head tilt. I have given her honey when it has happened which seems to stop the symptoms almost immediately. We are increasing her insulin slowly her doctor because her test came back that her blood work was too high. Anything else I should be concerned with? Is increasing her insulin the correct thing to do?

March 25, 2018

Cj's Owner

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Management of diabetes is not really a science but an art more like a balancing act where you need to keep the blood glucose level within reference range using dietary changes, insulin and timing; if you are increasing the insulin levels, it may make hypoglycemic episodes more severe or more frequent. You should discuss with your Veterinarian and look into glucose curves to monitor blood glucose over a long period of time, especially with changes to the insulin dosage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

March 26, 2018

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Loll

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After purchasing a puppy (big mistake who I bought it from) 8 week old 1 lb chihuahua, she got very sick. After a couple days of sickness, I brought her to the vet. She had parvo! She was so tiny, they weren't sure she would live but said it was 50/50 if they treated her. So I opted for treatment and she was in the hospital 4 days. She survived and no one could believe it. I got to take her home. Two days later, I woke up in the morning to her seizing and losing consciousness. I immediately drove her to vet for emergency. She was diagnoised as being in a hypoglycemic coma. The vet said it was miraculous, but she came to and was stable. I was informed to feed her every 2 hours. She won't eat wet food but does drink puppy milk formula. So far I have been doing this for two days. My question is, how long will this be necessary to feed her every 2 hours? With work, I can't do this for 6 months. No one really get me this info and I'm freaked out. I am absolutely exhausted already! Is there any possible time frame? 3 months, 6 months a year!!!!?

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maverick

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our dog maverick occasionally has fits where he shakes uncontrollably all over and today when it happened his eyes were leaking. i don’t know his age or if he was acting strange before this happened. often he’ll have days where he doesn’t eat or just obviously isn’t feeling well and doesn’t act like himself. his sister, macie, who we also own also has days of anarexia, throwing up, and diarrhea. but she’s never had one of these “seizures” like maverick. what do you think maverick has and how can we treat it?

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