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k9diabetes
02-10-2010, 05:31 PM
There is an excellent article at petdiabetes.org that covers the basics of hypoglycemia - recognizing it and treating it.

http://www.caninediabetes.org/pdorg/hypoglycemia.htm

Classic signs of hypoglycemia

lethargy (lack of energy)
weakness
head tilting
"drunkedness" - wobbling when walking, unbalanced
hunger
restlessness
shivering
ataxia - usually lack of muscular coordination, but maybe changes in head and neck movements
disorientation
stupor
convulsions or seizures
coma

The occurrence of signs depends on how far the bg drops and on how fast the blood glucose drops.


Owners of diabetic dogs have also reported observing these signs

sweating - check the nose and the paw pads.
lip smacking or licking
getting physically "stuck" in a place where the pet normally could get itself out (for example, behind a partially closed door that a pet would usually nudge open.)
Some animals are asymptomatic at very low bg values. This means they do not show any of the usual signs of hypoglycemia even though their bg is very low

Please click on the link to read more.