If you own a toy-sized dog, this is a MUST READ.
Your toy size Miniature Schnauzer is no different from any
other toy breed ( Chihuahua, Yorkie, Pomeranian, Maltese, Poodle,
etc.) It is subject to the same health risks. The toy size Miniature
Schnauzer is relatively new to the veterinary practice. There are
veterinarians that have never seen a one pound, 8 week old schnauzer
puppy. These veterinarians may assume that they are a runt ( prone
to health problems), or that a heart or liver condition exists and
is responsible for the puppy’s small size. Though in some cases
this could be true, in most cases it is not. Many years of breeding
down the size of these schnauzers has produced many a tiny puppy.
In fact, whole litters of tiny puppies have been produced with none
of them being a runt.
The liver’s job is to cleanse the blood of toxins. When a liver
shunt occurs it prevents this job from being accomplished. The blood
vessels responsible for feeding the liver have, in most cases, bypassed
the liver. It has always been believed that this is a hereditary condition
or a birth defect. New findings indicate that in some cases it can
be brought on by stress. In any case, it can be diagnosed properly
without surgery. A simple blood test can show an indication of a liver
shunt. This test combined with a test done by fasting can give you
a good idea of whether or not it does exist.
A large percent of toy size puppies experience a condition called,
Hypoglycemia ( low blood sugar). Hypoglycemia is not genetic. Hypoglycemia
is preventable, treatable, and correctable. When a puppy is small
in size, some vets will jump to the conclusion that it is a liver
shunt. In most cases this is not true. Symptoms of hypoglycemia is
lethargy, or depression, trembling, gums are white, teeth are clenched,
they may even act like a drunk, very unsteady on their feet, falling
over, and in extreme cases, seizures. Should a seizure occur death
could be eminent. You must immediately give your puppy sugar. Nutra
Cal, or Nutra Stat on hand is excellent for this. Should you not have
these, you can substitute Honey, Karo syrup,
or corn syrup. Do not try to use artificial sweeteners. Do
not let one meal go by uneaten or unnoticed. Your puppy needs to eat
on the schedual the breeder gives you.. Until your puppy has adjusted well to it’s
new surroundings, let the food soak up warm water to soften it and
make it easier for the small pup to eat. Sometimes a flavorful enticement
with canned food is a necessary thing. You may also use Nutri Cal
as a supplement before feedings to keep up the blood sugar and entice
him/her to eat.
It is very common for toy breeds to have retained baby teeth. These
may cause plaque and bacteria to build up. This is a major cause of
health problems in these tiny babies. You need to keep the baby teeth
pulled as they become loose and be sure they are removed by the time
they reach 8 months of age. Then keep your precious baby on a good
teeth cleaning schedule. Brushing their teeth can certainly be of
great benefit. Please practice good dental care.
I have also just found a Prescription diet food that I use as a treat twice a day for my adult dogs 6 mos and older. It is Science Diet T/D. You must purchase this from a veterinarian. Used as a treat 2x per day will help keep the plaque and gingivitis away.
Rope toys, hard plastic
chew toys, nyla bones, budda bones, edible bones, all natural treats,
just to name a few, are good things to give your little one. DO
NOT, however give your puppy twisted rawhide chews. Rawhide can gum up and
pieces that are swallowed are not digestible. You could face
an expensive surgery to remove it.
I feed 4 Health grain free chicken purchased from Tractor Supply. This food has small chunks and is perfect for your Toy Schnauzer.If you cannot find this food you may use another grain free brand and mix with the food I provide with the puppy.. Please
keep your puppy on a grain free food for the life of the dog.
I have also added Kefir to their food once a day. Kefir is a probiotic that is like a drinkable yogurt but is much stronger than yogurt( it is good for you too). You can find it in the grocery store by the refrigerated coffee creamers. I only use the plain as dogs do not need added sugar in their diet. It is 1 tsp once a day for 20 lbs or less. My boxers get 1 TBL once a day.
Another major risk is that of stepping on, kicking, or dropping your
puppy, even when your puppy reaches adulthood. What may appear to
be a minor blow to your puppy could be fatal. A bell fastened to the
collar could help to prevent an accident by allowing you to know where
your puppy is at all times. Make your entire family aware of the risks.
Do not leave your pup unattended on the furniture or with your children.
You must not allow your pup to get chilled or too hot. Extreme temperatures
can be life threat ening and/or cause permanent damage.
Thank you for reading about these issues. I truly want
you and your pup to have a long happy life together. You may contact
me with your questions at any time.