Diabetes is a disease that effects dogs due to either a lack of the hormone insulin or due to an inadequate response to insulin. The lack of insulin is also referred to as Type 1, while the inadequate response to insulin is referred to as Type 2. If your dog suffers from Diabetes it’s vital to understand that with the proper treatment and care, the disease is manageable.
While the exact cause of Diabetes in dogs is unknown, obesity, genetics, medications and autoimmune disease may play a huge role in developing Diabetes. If you notice your dog beginning to demonstrate the symptoms of Diabetes, it’s important to keep track of them and seek treatment.
Symptoms of Diabetes:
-Recurring Urinary Tract Infections
-Chronic Skin Infections
If your dog shows signs of having diabetes it’s important to have your four legged pal evaluated by their veterinarian. Their veterinarian will properly diagnose the disease by performing a physical examination, blood work, and an urinalysis.
Depending on the severity of your dog’s Diabetes, treatment will vary. Each dog is unique and may not have the same treatment plan as another dog. What may work for one pup may not necessarily be the best course of action for yours. Severe cases may require hospital stays, while a less severe case will require oral medication(s) or a high-fiber diet that helps to normalize glucose levels in the blood. Most dogs require insulin injections in order to adequately regulate their blood glucose level.
Your dog’s treatment will need to be maintained and evaluated throughout their life. It’s not unusual for treatment to be adjusted in order to meet the dog’s individual needs. Keeping your dog’s weight managed is beneficial in maintaining your pet’s health overall as well as managing their diabetes.