Restless behavior in canines is not unusual, and it can signify a variety of possible things. In the Pomeranian breed specifically, restlessness can indicate the medical condition hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. Pomeranians are little dogs with a predisposition to hypoglycemia and all of the restlessness that frequently accompanies it.
If your Pomeranian has extremely minimal amounts of glucose, then it's time to look to hypoglycemia. This sugar -- glucose -- works as an energy provider, and without enough of it, dogs can experience drastic drops in vigor and vitality, sometimes even manifesting in passing out. Sufficient amounts of blood sugar are a must to in order ensure the correct operations of the brain. The brain doesn't make the sugar on its own. Hypoglycemia is often associated with diabetes. Insulin is frequently provided to diabetic dogs as a management option. If a dog takes in excessive amounts of insulin for any reason, however, it can trigger reduction of blood sugar and therefore hypoglycemia.
Restlessness and Other Symptoms
Restlessness sometimes signifies hypoglycemia in Pomeranians, but that isn't the sole indication of the condition. Other common symptoms of hypoglycemia are extremely low energy, uneasiness, feebleness, exhaustion, whimpering, coordination issues, bewilderment, appetite loss or increase, quivering, problems with physical activity, hazy eyesight and unsteady walking manner. Although they're uncommon, seizures are also possible signs of hypoglycemia.
Hypoglycemia calls for urgent veterinary attention in dogs, absolutely no exceptions, as the condition moves rapidly and can sometimes even be fatal. If your Pomeranian sees a veterinarian and she determines that he does indeed have the condition, she can put together a management plan that caters to his specific case and needs, based on evaluating your pet's individual laboratory examination findings. Management of hypoglycemia in canines often involves medicine or dietary changes. All animals' specific cases are different and therefore might call for different approaches.
Pomeranians and Predispositions
As tiny toy dogs, Pomeranians have increased chances of developing hypoglycemia. The condition is especially widespread in little dogs. Despite that, the condition appears in pooches of all breeds. Note that restlessness in Pomeranians can also denote other medical ailments in the breed, even if there are no predispositions -- think the rabies virus, for example. Outside of restlessness entirely, other totally different health issues that are prevalent in these little spitz dogs are luxating patellas, progressive retinal atrophy and the eyelid disorder entropion, among several others.
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