Diabetes In Dogs

About dog diabetes

Diabetes In DogsDiabetes in dogs can be lethal. If your dog has diabetes, he will need much care. In the less severe form, a correct food intake will keep him going fine. With the harsher form, or mellitus form, he will need regular insulin shots. In both forms, the dog’s body can’t use glucose, a simple sugar, properly. Read more about this disease, as it can especially be acquired as your loved pet ages. If he is a larger dog he is even more apt to come down with diabetes.

There are two categories of diabetes in dogs

There are two categories of diabetes, which can certainly strike your dog at any time without proper care. They are diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus. The first form, insipidus, strikes only about 1% of dogs.  Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the endocrine(hormonal) glands, in which an abnormal amount of insulin is produced by the pancreas.  Mellitus is of two types, which will be explained here.

Diabetes mellitus, labeled DM, happens when the now diabetic dog’s pancreas can’t manufacture enough insulin. It can be caused if the cells in the pancreas are damaged. The only way the dog can then survive when it is severe is by insulin shots.

  • Type I mellitus strikes when a puppy, and is called juvenile dog diabetes.
  • Type II mellitus strikes aging dogs making him depend on need insulin.

Those most likely to come down with diabetes

Besides the aging canines, the biggest dog breeds are most likely to come down with diabetes.  Female and extremely overweight dogs are prone to this disease.  It’s also passed on generationally, much like it is in humans.  Early diagnosis is crucial because, if left untreated, it can lead to other physiological problems. Also, if diagnosed early, the disease can be reportedly reversed.  dogs

Symptoms of dog diabetes

One common symptom of diabetes in dogs is constant urination.  Another one is if your dog is constantly drinking.  Your faithful canine  may suddenly lose a lot weight, yet start eating ravenously. He also will become lethargic. It’s important to take him to the vet for diabetes testing if he has any of these four symptoms.  It can be misleading, and you may believe he has dog allergies.

Treatment diabetes

Should your dog come down with diabetes, he will need regular care.  He will stay in good condition if you give him the right foods and activity. The vet may even want you to give him prepared foods rather than the usual dog food. Regular appointments to his vet will be needed.

Certain medications may be required for dogs suffering from the worst cases of this disease. Insulin injections are very important because they can extend the life of your pet and allow it to live normally, with good health, despite having diabetes.

Diabetes in dogs is a serious condition, and can lead to other diseases without proper care.  Either  insipidus or mellitus, can cause abnormal blood flow, causing heart and circulatory system problems. Give him the care with your usual love, and he’ll have a wonderful dog’s life.