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Canine Diabetes – why dogs need regular check-ups with the vet

May 25, 2021

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Canine diabetes is not curable but your dog can live a long and happy life with the attentive care from an owner. 

It’s also really important that as the owner of a diabetic dog, you take your pet for regular check-ups with the vet.  This is the best way to properly manage your dog’s diabetes. It reduces the chances of the side effects of diabetes from occurring in your dog.  It might also be that adjustments need to be made to the dose of insulin your dog needs. Check-ups 2-4 times a year are recommended. This will include a full physical examination and possibly urine and blood testing.

Changes to insulin requirements can be due to weight loss or gain. It can also be as a result of a change in exercise levels or stress. The presence of other diseases or infections and other medications can also have an effect.

Owners can track and monitor glucose in their dog’s urine or blood at home.  It’s important to record these levels as it helps both the owner and the vet to understand if the condition is being managed effectively. 

There are some great apps available now to help owners record results:

Pet Diabetes Tracker Mobile App

Blood Glucose Curve Generator

You can also download our leaflet on diabetes HERE which shows how to take a blood sample from your dog’s ear, to measure the glucose levels in their blood. 

There are also some great resources available for diabetes HERE

If you have any health concerns about your dog, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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