Diabetes in dogs is a serious disease which is caused by either a lack of an inadequate response to insulin or hormone insulin & it’s a chronic disease that can affect your dog. Dog experts expect that one in 200 dogs will develop the disease, but if you take proper care of your dog then, it can be managed successfully.
Diabetes is a disorder of protein, fat, and carbohydrate, Ketones are produced by the liver as part of fat metabolism & it is normally caused by an absolute or relative insulin deficiency which refers to how the body uses & digests food for energy and growth. This process depends on a sufficient amount of insulin in the body.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs
- If your dog drinks too much water ( also known as polydipsia) than usual, then it’s a sign of it.
- It is noticed that dogs suffering from diabetes feel weakness in the back legs.
- If your dog accidentally urinates in the house or urinates too much, then your dog may have developed polyuria which indicates diabetes.
- If you are providing enough food to your dog but still he acts as if he is starving and suddenly loses weight, then it’s a matter of concern.
- Another sign of diabetes is the thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back.
Treatments for Diabetes
First, the Veterinarian may do some easy tests to check for diabetes which includes a test for excessive sugar (glucose) in the blood and urine, & after that, depending on the condition he may recommend you one of the following treatments.
- Dogs who become seriously ill when the first diagnose is completed will require intensive hospital care for a few days to regulate the blood sugar.
- A lot of diabetic dogs require daily shots of insulin under the skin depending on the condition.
- The Veterinarian can recommend you to spray your dog, because female sex hormones may affect blood sugar level.
In the end, if your dog is diagnosed with diabetes, then don’t feel bad, because, with the help of good veterinary support, you will be able to take proper care of your dog that he needs.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.