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Hypoglycemia and the Super Feeder

Lucy, the official mid-century modern life mascot, has hypoglycemia. At least that’s what some of my doctor family members have suggested. Her symptoms:

• vomits when she’s hungry and will eat grass or dirt first if it’s available
• got very weak & disoriented after a long walk (first instance)
• trembling (later the night of the first instance)
• seizures – she’s had 3, each one after bouts of exercise before meal time

I found this great resource on dog epilepsy that has suggestions for naturally treating hypoglycemia. It suggests 5 feedings a day—2 dinners and 3 snacks—with snack suggestions like fruit, veggies, crackers, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, and cottage cheese.

In order to feed Lucy five times a day I ordered her an automatic food dispenser from amazon.com that I call the Super Feeder. It doesn’t make as much noise as I was hoping but she’s getting used to listening for the motor. Lucy’s hypoglycemia prevention schedule is:

• 7:00 am – breakfast: 3/4 cup dog food
• 10:30 am – snack: unsalted cracker with peanut butter
• 2:30 pm – snack: 1/4 cup dog food + milk bone
• 5:30 pm – dinner: 1/2 cup dog food
• 9:30 pm – snack: unsalted cracker with peanut butter

(She’s a 20 lb. cocker spaniel for reference.)

We’re on day 4 and so far no seizures, no trembling or disorientation, and she’s only vomited once (used to be once every 1-2 days). No word on how many pounds she’s gained.

Read more about Lucy here.

Look for another bathroom renovation update tomorrow!

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6 Responses to Hypoglycemia and the Super Feeder

  1. rachel says:

    i must be emotional because this made me cry. I’m so glad she has such good doggy parents that will go the extra mile to keep her as healthy as possible! I think it’s mainly the picture of her by her dish – like MOMMM come ONNNN give me some fooood 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    1) rachel – you cry at everything 😉 jk
    2) that is so cute and so awesome in how it works!

    i hope she gets better and this feeding system works!

  3. Susan says:

    Awe! I’m sorry she’s not feeling well. I hope this new regimen works. That Automatic feeder looks cool!

  4. sean says:

    Hey Martina, I’m not a vet, but I play one on TV. You might want to research the possibility of supplementing her late meals with cornstarch– a complex carbohydrate that helps maintain blood glucose levels overnight because of the several steps necessary for animals to break it down.

  5. Chris says:

    I love these Automatic pet feeders . They are a real time saver.

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