Dogs, just like their owners, have the potential to develop diabetes throughout their lifetime. Unfortunately, diabetes can lead to a plethora of different short- and long-term complications, some even life-threatening.
Luckily, with early detection and treatment, dogs can live a long, happy life. It’s important to know the signs of diabetes in dogs, so you can detect and start treatment early.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs include:
Let’s take a look at some symptoms to look out for
- Unexplained weight loss, even while consuming larger than normal servings of food
- Excessive thirst
- Low Energy
- Depressed mood
- Loss of appetite
Types of Diabetes in Dogs
Basically, there are three different types of diabetes in dogs.
- Type 1- The most common, the pancreas doesn’t create enough insulin.
- Type 2 - Common in older, overweight dogs, the pancreas doesn’t create enough insulin, and what it does produce doesn’t work properly.
- Type 3 - Usually caused by pregnancy hormones, rare in dogs.
It’s important to be aware of the risk factors in your dog so you know your dog’s potential for developing diabetes.
Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs
One of the early symptoms of diabetes insipidus in dogs is excessive thirst. This thirst can cause a dog’s body to produce large volumes of diluted urine. As a result, your dog may need to go to the bathroom more or have more accidents in the house.
Diabetes in Dogs: Treatment
While there is no cure for diabetes, there are treatments that can help ease symptoms.
Of course, early detection is one of the best ways to help you treat diabetes in your dog. Once your dog turns four, vets recommend an annual blood screen for diabetes.
Other than possible insulin shots, here’s what vets recommend for diabetic dogs.
- Diet should be high in insoluble fiber and low in fat
- Keep them hydrated
- Consider L-carnitine supplements
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