Hypocalcemia is characterized by a lack of calcium in the body in dogs, more often in small breeds, puppies and puppy bitches. Particular attention needs to be paid to puppy bitches, especially after childbirth, since while the intrauterine development of the puppies, with the help of calcium and phosphorus, the pregnant dog gives calcium to the puppies. When calcium stores go away, her general condition worsens.
The following are symptoms of calcium deficiency:
The dog falls on its hind legs, lameness, trembling of the extremities are observed, and the process of changing teeth in puppies is also lost;
The coordination of movements is disturbed, the pupils are narrowed, lethargy, weakness, refusal to eat;
The temperature rises to 40-41 °;
Breathing quickens, shortness of breath, tachycardia occurs;
Postpartum hypocalcemia is accompanied by indifferent relationships or even abandonment of puppies. In order not to deplete the mother, babies should be transferred to artificial feeding. (the disease does not appear immediately, so after giving birth you need to pay a lot of attention to the lactating bitch). Continue reading