Diabetes in Dogs

Caring for a Dog with Diabetes
Caring for a dog with diabetes is challenging at first, but with good care, your dog can lead a long, healthy life. The goal in managing diabetes is to avoid glucose level spikes and drops, and to reduce or eliminate diabetic symptoms, including excessive urination and thirst. Staying trim is also essential. If your dog is overweight, losing weight can help his cells adequately utilize insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels. That makes it easier for his body to convert food into fuel.

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Symptoms of canine diabetes
Signs and symptoms may vary, but commonly include:

  • Excessive thirst and urination
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  • Bladder or kidney infection
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  • Enlarged liver
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  • Weight loss
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  • Depression
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  • Anorexia
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  • Lethargy
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  • Vomiting
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  • Cataracts
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  • Obesity
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  • Hunger

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Causes of canine diabetes
There are several possible causes for diabetes in dogs. Genetic predisposition is one likely cause. However, there is a potential relationship to hormone therapy. Dogs that take drugs to regulate heat cycles have a high risk of developing diabetes because the drugs interfere with insulin production.


What breeds are at a higher risk for developing diabetes?

  • Puli
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  • Beagle
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  • Poodle
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  • Samoyed
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  • Keeshond
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  • Dachshund
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  • Cairn terrier
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  • Miniature Pinscher
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  • Miniature Schnauzer

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How is diabetes diagnosed
Your vet will take a comprehensive medical history and description of symptoms you noticed. Conventional tests include a urinalysis, chemical profile, and complete blood count. These tests enable diagnosis and initial treatment.

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Treatment is available
A treatment plan will likely include daily exercise in your dog’s routine. Priorities include balancing your dog's liquid and food cravings to healthy levels and lowering insulin demands. Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes and can make diabetes management difficult. Although canine diabetes can’t be cured, the condition can be managed successfully with daily insulin injections and changes in diet and lifestyle. Successful diabetes management results in your dog leading a healthy, active, and happy life...

Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.
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