Diabetes in dogs is more common than many people realise, and it can become quite advanced before you notice any symptoms.
That’s why it’s important to have regular vet checks, especially for older dogs, to find and treat any health problems early.
Dogs only seem to get Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease where the pancreas doesn’t make sufficient insulin. It’s manageable if caught early, but can have devastating health consequences if left untreated.
Symptoms of Canine Diabetes
Just as diabetes is becoming more common in humans, so it is that more dogs are being diagnosed with diabetes. However, treatment has come a long way.
Classic symptoms of diabetes in dogs are increased thirst, excessive urination, and weight loss. In more advanced cases your dog may develop acute-onset blindness from cataracts.
The breed and age of your pooch can be a factor in developing diabetes, as can gender, weight, diet, and medical history.
Female dogs and desexed males are more prone to diabetes, as are mixed breeds rather than pure breeds.
Diet and being overweight can cause insulin resistance and eventually diabetes, and age is a real risk factor with more middle aged and older dogs developing it.
A diet high in fat can cause an inflamed pancreas which could lead to diabetes. That doesn’t mean your young, purebred, intact male dog won’t develop diabetes, but it’s less likely. Certain breeds are more susceptible which could indicate a genetic factor.
There is no cure for canine diabetes but it can be treated and managed to ensure your dog lives a happy life.
If you notice the symptoms of diabetes in your dog, your vet will do blood tests to measure blood glucose levels, and sometimes other tests depending on severity or complications.
Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, your vet will determine the correct dosage of insulin needed and create a dosing schedule.
Your dog will need daily blood glucose tests and insulin shots, and it may take a while to find the right balance, but know that your dog is in safe hands and their treatment is going to avoid more severe health problems later.
Wellness Programs at Rockingham Veterinary Clinic
Our wellness programs make pet care easier, and with affordable monthly payments they’re an investment in the health and wellbeing of your dog.
If your dog displays any of the symptoms of diabetes, bring them in for a check-up immediately. Diabetes can be insidious, so it’s always better to have your dog tested, especially if he’s getting on in years.
We’re open every day, so call us on 08 6555 5149 or contact us online for more information about canine diabetes or to enquire about a wellness program to keep your pet happy and healthy.