Diabetes in dogs is becoming more of an issue than most people
think. Because of the increasing incidence of this, there are a few things
that you need to monitor your dog for to know whether
or not he might have canine diabetes. These symptoms aren’t
specific only to diabetes, but may also signal some other health
issues that may need your attention. As always, when in doubt, visit your veterinarian to get a thorough exam.
Canine diabetes is a condition in the endocrine system
triggered by a deficiency of insulin, or it could also be caused by the
inability to respond to this hormone. Studies
show that 1 out of every 400 dogs will develop diabetes. This condition
could develop as a result of genetics, others have it as an aftermath
of other diseases which damaged the pancreas, or it could be a congenital
condition. It has also been shown that obesity can be a contributing
Although canine diabetes can affect any breed of dog, any
age or sex, female dogs are more susceptible and this is especially true
when they reach 6 to 9 years old. Some breeds are also more prone to diabetes,
particularly Beagles, Samoyeds, and Terriers.
There is currently no real cure for diabetes. However, there
are some treatments that can be given to manage this disease effectively.
Some of them include the administration of insulin injections, oral medication,
and managing diet and exercise. Your veterinarian may choose to use any
one of or a combination of these treatments.
If you happen to notice that your dog has started to drink
more water than it normally does, this could be an indicator that
they have diabetes. Dogs that drink more water than usual
could be showing signs of high blood sugar and they are trying to flush
the excess glucose with the water. With excessive water drinking comes
excessive urination. You may not notice the water drinking, but you may
notice the excessive urination. If your dog exhibits both of these symptoms,
you should contact your veterinarian. The sooner this condition is diagnosed
and managed, the better for your dog.
If your dog seems to have become lethargic and is napping
more than normal, this could also be a sign of high blood sugar levels.
If they aren’t moving
around as much as they usually do, there is a good chance that
the dog will gain weight as well. Another thing you should watch for is
your dog constantly eating and being hungry but losing weight. Keeping
a close eye on your pet’s
weight is one way of preventing diabetes from even starting.
If your dog’s breath has started to take on a sweet smell
rather than the usual “dog’s breath” that is normal for canines,
then you should be extremely concerned and take it to the vet immediately.
This can turn into a full blown attack of ketoacidosis, which is deadly
if not treated immediately. If your dog shivers or shakes for no reason,
this could be a sign of hyperglycemia, which is low blood sugar, and this
can also be as dangerous as high blood sugar for your dog.
Repeated urinary tract infections can also be a sign of diabetes
in your pet and should be discussed with your vet. There is also the fact
that your dog might not show any of these symptoms at all. Regular blood
tests and checkups by your vet will not only give you peace of mind, but
will catch any healthy problems early, and treatments can begin sooner.
As pet owners, we have the responsibility to ensure our
diabetic dogs get proper treatment so that the condition will not worsen.
Many complications take place due to negligence on the owner’s part; therefore,
we need to fully understand the responsibility that goes along with taking
care of a diabetic dog. This starts with having a basic knowledge on what
canine diabetes is all about. Being able to determine the signs and
symptoms of diabetes is also just as important because unless we can identify
these, we will not be aware that our dog has it, and it may be too late
before we realize what’s
Regular visits to the veterinarian will surely help, and
it will be easier for the vet to monitor your dog. There are many problems
associated with canine diabetes but these are avoidable if we make sure
our dog is given correct treatment at the earliest possible moment. This
is another reason for you to learn more about this medical condition.
When your dog is diagnosed with diabetes, it is important for
you to understand that this is not the end of the world for him. It can be managed,
and he can still live a long, full life. Taking care of a diabetic dog may not
be the easiest thing in the world, but it is doable.