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Metabolic Enzyme Deficiency in Dogs



If the dog is weak and dehydrated, an IV will be inserted and fluids and electrolytes will be administered. A dietary plan will be also be arranged to ward off hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Activity must be limited. Your dog should not climb stairs, for example. Careful monitoring is required because there is a high risk of developing secondary infections.


Living and Management 


Restrict activity and be alert to the dog's symptoms. In addition, maintain the prescribed nutritional plan. Blood sugar, growth, and hydration status must be monitored regularly. This disease is progressive, and unfortunately, it is ultimately fatal.


Remember that the disease is genetic, and inbreeding should be carefully avoided when there is a defective gene in the family. Dogs that have the disease should also never be mated.