Protecting your dog from diabetes
You may be surprised and disheartened if you learn that your dog has diabetes. But with proper care, your beloved pup can live a long and healthy life.
There’s little or no evidence to suggest that dogs get Type 2 diabetes, although cats can. Dogs can and do develop Type 1 diabetes. Just like in human beings, this form of the condition is marked by a lack of insulin, the hormone that keeps blood sugar in check.
When an animal or human has diabetes, their muscles have trouble converting glucose into energy. An excess of glucose builds up in the blood, causing a state of hyperglycemia. If left untreated, this will develop into severe health problems.
Dog diabetes symptoms
Diabetes can manifest in many different symptoms you may have already noticed in your dog.
Constantly hungry or thirsty
Often, diabetic dogs will show an excessive need for food and water, along with increased urination.
Partially because of the increase in urination, diabetic dogs who have previously been housetrained may start to go to the bathroom inside again.
If your dog is eating normally — or even chowing down more than usual — but still losing weight, this can be a sign of diabetes.
In later stages of diabetes, dogs may vomit or even stop eating completely.
Lethargy and depression
Another late-stage symptom, your dog may be diabetic if you notice that he or she seems unusually lethargic or depressed.
If you have witnessed these symptoms in your dog, or have other reasons to believe your dog has developed diabetes, you should schedule an appointment with Continue reading