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Old 12-20-2013, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just read another thread today advising a new puppy owner to give constant support with Nutrical and I cringed yet again. Please be careful with this kind of advice. Nutrical is not good for dogs who do not need it. It is meant to be an emergency support used for puppies whose sugars may be dropping. It is not meant to replace real food and it is not meant to be used to keep sugars in control. In fact, repeated use of nutrical may make it harder for puppies to regulate their sugars.

An old thread here can perhaps shed some light one what I mean:
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you! I keep trying to correct this dangerous advice, but people keep recommending it!

I am going to ask one of the mods to pin that thread.

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Old 12-20-2013, 03:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for pointing this out, Carina....I have always thought the Nutrical was for emergencies, is unfortunate that there is so much misinformation online...
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for posting this! I notice a lot of vets telling ppl to use nutrical.................
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, Nutrical is not a food sutstitute. Repeated use in the absence of actual protien based food can cause rebound sugar drops.
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Believe it or not, I have NEVER used nutrical, not with Alex and not with Charlie. And when I got Alex he was 10 weeks old and not a big eater. I never understood why so many people are recommending nutrical.
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Carina, this is excellent. I also cringe when I hear people advising to give nutrical to puppies as a matter of course. Even when it is necessary, it needs to be followed by a protein meal in a short time---just like w/humans & hypoglycemia.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, Carina, for reminding people again about the pitfalls of Nutrical. The bottom line is that giving Nutrical to a dog is like giving glucose (or sugar) to a diabetic ... to be used only in emergencies to prevent a dog, or glucose in the case of a diabetic, from crashing. It should not be seen ever as some sort of preventative measure. And it should always be followed by a meal, even if only a few bites, containing protein.

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Old 12-20-2013, 06:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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As a person with hypoglycemia....THANK YOU for post this thread! Again for those of you who may be confused - Nutrical may increase blood sugars but YOU MUST FOLLOW WITH A PROTEIN or the blood sugar levels will likely drop in a short period of time and can be deadly. Sorry to freak anyone out, but it is true.

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Old 12-20-2013, 08:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks Carina. Great post.

I have raised four Maltese (from varying ages of puppyhood)
and have used Nutrical ONCE.
It's an emergency item, good to have on hand, all though one may never use it.
Similar to a fire extinguisher or an Epi-pen (Epinephrine for severe allergy)

(It was Tucker who needed it once, as a youngster, low sugar episode,
started rubbing some Nutrical on the gums followed by placing wet food into his mouth.
He was a bit chilled in his crate.
And ever since then I leave food in his crate over night.)
This is contrary to some beliefs that say withhold food before bed,
but with him I provide food to him 24/7.
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