Because Teacup dogs have few fat stores, they always need to be fed when due, else their sugar levels will fall drastically, consequently resulting in Hypoglycemia. And without prompt attention, Hypoglycemia can kill Teacup dogs.
Observing the symptoms of Hypoglycaemia in your Teacup dog can be difficult. But you mostly need to watch out for weakness, head tilting, sleepiness, wobbling while walking, and in severe cases, seizures.
The effects of Hypoglycaemia in Teacup dogs can be countered by keeping your pooch warm and immediately offering it something to eat. If symptoms persist, or in the case of more severe signs such as seizures, you should take your Teacup dog to see the vet immediately.
Hydrocephalus (loosely translated as ‘water on the brain’ in Greek) refers to a condition in Teacup dogs, in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up inside the pooch’s skull. This fluid build-up, in turn, results in brain swelling, irreversible brain damage, and ultimately, death.
Teacup dogs are particularly prone to suffering from hydrocephalus due to their small size, and symptoms of the condition include abnormal walking, seizures, and failure to process basic commands.
Treatment for Hydrocephalus in Teacup dogs includes the use of corticosteroids, anti-seizure medications, and in some cases, surgery.
Patella Luxation in Teacup dogs occurs when the kneecap moves out of its normal position on the femur. Symptoms of Patella Luxation in Teacups include limping, awkward sitting positions and skipping while walking. And the condition may result in osteoarthritis or a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament.
Other Health Issues
The conditions listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to health challenges you can potentially face when raising Teacup dogs. Other health issues common with Teacups include liver shunts, incontinence, bone fractures, joint dislocations, respiratory problems, and so on.