Things that are dangerous for your new Chow, Shih Tzu and Sheltie Puppy and what you need to know
There are many seemingly common household environments that can cause problems for your new Chow, Shih Tzu and Sheltie Puppy. As a puppy owner, you must be aware of these potential hazzards and be able to deal with themto protect your puppy.
Dogs will occasionally vomit and in many cases it is just a minor occurrence and will self correct. These videos will help you find the root cause for a vomiting puppy. Swift action may be necessary to prevent serious problems down the road.
Many common household items can be toxic to your new puppy and you must recognize and deal with them. The videos, shown on the right of the screen, will help identify some these items.
Puppies can get into many things, including a pack of sugar-free gum, for example. Most sugar-free gums are loaded with a chemical called xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol sweetener found in sugar-free human food products such as chewing gum, candy, baked goods as well as other products. As little as 1/3 of one piece can cause problems for a dog especially a puppy.
Puppies that ingest xylitolcan develop a sudden drop in blood sugar, which can cause weakness, lethargy, loss of coordination, collapse and seizures. Symptoms can begin in as little as 30 minutes but can last hours.
Some puppies can remain symptomatic and may suffer from low blood sugar for several hours. Recent studies also suggest that there is a strong link between xylitol ingestion and the development of liver failure in dogs. This can occur from hours to 3 days after ingestion and can be life threatening. It is recommended that puppies who experience such symptoms be taken to a veterinarian or local emergency clinic for evaluation. Treatment may include hospitalization and intravenous fluids with dextrose supplementation.
A problem like this can pop up Completely out of nowhere and treatment can be very costly. Hospitalization and monitoring for low blood sugar can range up to $1000. Dogs that develop liver failure can have hospital bills in the thousands.
WOW! You just never know and no one can plan on that! Be sure to "Puppy Proof" your home when getting a new agreatdog Chow, Shih Tzu or Sheltie Puppy.