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Diabetic Ketoacidosis In Dogs

My dog is diabetic. He has been doing pretty well overall, but recently he became really ill. He stopped eating well, started drinking lots of water, and got really weak. His veterinarian said that he had a condition called “ketoacidosis,” and he had to spend several days in the hospital. I’m not sure I understand this disorder. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency that occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. The body can’t use glucose properly without insulin, so blood glucose levels get very high, and the body creates ketone bodies as an emergency fuel source. When these are broken down, it creates byproducts that cause the body’s acid/base balance to shift, and the body becomes more acidic (acidosis), and it can’t maintain appropriate fluid balance. The electrolyte (mineral) balance becomes disrupted which can lead to abnormal heart rhythms and abnormal muscle function. If left untreated, diabetic ketoacidosis is fatal. How could this disorder have happened? If a diabetic dog undergoes a stress event of some kind, the body secretes stress hormones that interfere with appropriate insulin activity. Examples o Continue reading >>

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  1. Grork

    Ketosis and Alcohol

    Simple Question: Will alcohol (and not beer or wine obviously, but straight EtOh as in vodka) boot you out of ketosis?

  2. ExNole

    Grork wrote:
    Simple Question: Will alcohol (and not beer or wine obviously, but straight EtOh as in vodka) boot you out of ketosis?

    I'm pretty sure when your metabolizing alcohol you don't burn any fat.

  3. vroom

    ExNole wrote:
    I'm pretty sure when your metabolizing alcohol you don't burn any fat.

    Yeah, I think you are right that it is preferentially consumed, but I don't think it keeps you from returning to ketosis once the alcohol is used up.

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