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Hi there,

Question, my baby's still quite young so I watch him like a hawk hoping to avoid any chance of an above episode but he's starting to sleep through the night - i.e. last night he slept from 10:30 to 5:00 am which is good enough for me and I'm not complaining - but don't the many hours of not eating at night pose a danger for a hypoglycemic attack as well? Or does the fact that puppies are active during the day increase the risk?
I don't get it - what's the difference between day and night? I was so nervous last night that I must have woken up 3 times. And even when he wasn't sleeping through the night - he'd wake up at about 3:30 to do his business and then again at about 6:00 but it was never to eat.
My pup has never eaten at night since I've had him - he just wont but I'm very diligent as far as him eating during the day.
He's not tiny though - at 8wks and 2 days he weighs 3.4 lbs. Maybe that's why I'm all confused.
 

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I think if you just give him a treat before he goes to bed, he should be ok throughout the night. I think because they're sleeping and not expending a lot of energy, it's ok that they don't eat during that time. My babies are 2 years old and I still like to make sure they have something to eat pretty close to bedtime. :)
 

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I think if you just give him a treat before he goes to bed, he should be ok throughout the night. I think because they're sleeping and not expending a lot of energy, it's ok that they don't eat during that time. My babies are 2 years old and I still like to make sure they have something to eat pretty close to bedtime. :)
Hi Drclee,

Yes, that's what I've tried doing in fact but still, is it normal for such a young pup to sleep so many hours and not eat anything? He seems full of energy during the day and also naps a lot so I guess everything's fine but I'm still feeling apprehensive as far as night time goes.
Also, is it normal not to drink anything at night?

Thanks.
 

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My Mia was hypoglycemic basically all through her first year. I kept Nutrical on hand all the time and gave her a bit before she went to sleep at night. You need to be careful of when they play which is when they exert all their energy.
 

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The risk of hypoglycemia is usually in the first three months, but at 8 weeks your puppy is larger than many Maltese puppies at 12 weeks so I wouldn't worry too much. The reverse is true for a puppy who is unusually tiny for 12 weeks. Responsible breeders will usually keep those puppies longer, until about 5-6 months old because they are at a higher risk for hypoglycemia.

I'd check his gums in the morning and if they are nice and pink and he is spunky and active, you have nothing to worry about.
 

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The risk of hypoglycemia is usually in the first three months, but at 8 weeks your puppy is larger than many Maltese puppies at 12 weeks so I wouldn't worry too much. The reverse is true for a puppy who is unusually tiny for 12 weeks. Responsible breeders will usually keep those puppies longer, until about 5-6 months old because they are at a higher risk for hypoglycemia.

I'd check his gums in the morning and if they are nice and pink and he is spunky and active, you have nothing to worry about.

Ok great. Thanks again...I didn't think about the gums check - will make sure and do that.
 

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I got Leila when she was 16 weeks (2 lbs) and she has been sleeping 8+ hours, through the night, since day one. I feed her as soon as she wakes up.
 
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