Hypoglycemia is the clinical name for low blood sugar.
Hypoglycemia can come from many sources. Stress, low temperatures, and poor nutrition are all common causes of this condition.
Other less common causes include Addison’s disease, tumors, or hormonal imbalances.
Generally, no. However, if you do not treat hypoglycemia in a timely fashion, it can be fatal.
A veterinarian will give your dog a full physical examination. Bloodwork will test glucose levels. Additional bloodwork and urinalysis may be required to rule out other conditions.
Oral glucose may often be the only treatment required. In more severe cases, your vet may recommend an IV to stabilize glucose levels while monitoring your dog.