Shih-tzu puppies do not have a large fat reserve, so it is essential that these puppies eat small meals frequently. Missing a meal, change their environment, vacationing/travel, excessive play, and stress, can cause these puppies to have dangerously low glucose levels (hypoglycemia). Once a puppy’s glucose levels are low, he might become too confused to eat and could refuse food even though it is the only thing that will help him. Even a brief period of fasting in a toy breed puppy can trigger a hypoglycemic “attack”. The symptoms of hypoglycemia are weakness, confusion, excessive drinking with vomiting, listless, or wobbly gait. I recommend that you have " Stat " a High Calorie Liquid Diet on hand at all times. Give puppy one cc of Stat by syringe if puppy is not eating well. If the puppy doesn't immediately receive treatment in the form of sugar the puppy will progress to having seizures and will eventually be comatose will occur if a puppy’s glucose levels are allowed to drop too low. This is why it is so critical that your new puppy has consent access to food and water. Although hypoglycemia does not occur frequently, it could happen and early detection is the key to preventing any serious problems.
If your Shih-tzu puppy does not seem to be interested in eating then he must be coaxed to eat or syringe feed until pup is back to back to eating on it own. If pup doesn't show interest in the dry food then offer can food "Mighty Dog Hearty Beef Dinner" that can be purchased at Wal Mart. If your Shih-tzu puppy is not interested in eating this from the bowl, try putting the food on your finger for the puppy to lick off, or place the food in the puppy’s mouth with a syringe.
I have a great milk mixture that will help save a puppy's life. The mixture is 1 cup of whole milk, 2 egg yokes, and 1 table spoon of karo syrup. Beat the mix well and try to get the puppy to drink the milk mix from a bowl. If pup does not drink from a bowl then you will have to syringe feed the puppy. You can also mix the milk mixture and can food " Mighty Dog Hearty Beef Dinner" together and syringe feed the puppy.
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