Sugar drop or Hypoglycaemia to a diabetic, is when a toy dogs (most common in chihuahuas) sugar levels drop dangerously low. This can happen when the chihuahua has been over active, walked for to long, becomes over active or overexcited, lack of appetite or not eating sufficient foods, left without food for longer then 6 hours or not getting their share of food when stronger playmates push them out of the way. Smaller chihuahuas can suffer from sugar drop when handled to much, from shock, change of food, change of home or change of routine.
Symptoms- What to look out for:
Glassy or starry eyes, squatting or scrabbling with front legs and not going anywhere, passing out completely or falling on their side, lying on their side and trying to ‘walk’ (it can be mistaken as an epileptic fit)
What do you do?
Urgently give the dog honey or glucose on the roof of their mouth and tongue. In all cases, even if comatose so long as they are still breathing they will be able to swallow. They will need about 1/2 teaspoon given in 1 or more doses. Don’t forget to comfort them as it can be quite scarey. Once they are recovered and up and walking, give them some food (high in carbohydrates) as they will be quite hungary.
This is important to know for owners or small/toy dogs especially chihuahuas. Also to note, if your dog is on a long flight make sure to give then a little glucose or honey as well after the flight just to ensure they don’t go on to get Sugar Drop.
The Chihuahua Rescue Victoria is a great organisation, to read more: