Diabetes – what it means for your dog

May 4, 2021

We hope you all had a relaxing bank holiday. 

This month we’re going to be looking at a condition that not only affects humans, but our pets too.

Diabetes is a condition that affects the amount of glucose (or sugar) in your pet’s blood.  Diabetes occurs when your pet’s body makes too little insulin or stops producing it completely.  It can also be as a result of an abnormal response to insulin.

Canine diabetes is more common in middle-aged and older dogs although it isn’t unheard of in younger dogs.  Undiagnosed and untreated, diabetes can develop complications such as cataracts.  Prolonged high blood glucose can lead to blindness and frequent infections.  A more serious medical emergency is “ketoacidosis” which occurs when there is not enough insulin in the body to control glucose levels.

There are certain breeds of dog that are more often at greater risk of developing canine diabetes; Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Pomeranians, Terriers, Toy Poodles, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshond and Samoyeds.

No one knows their dog like the owner.  Diabetes can cause visible changes in a dog’s behaviour and health.  The signs that your dog might be diabetic are; urinating frequently or in larger amounts, drinking a lot of water, always hungry, losing weight despite having a very good appetite, cloudy eyes and is sleeping more or less active.

It’s important that you bring your dog to the vet for a full examination if your dog is displaying any of the symptoms of diabetes. Here’s a handy CHECKLIST of symptoms.

Download our leaflet on canine diabetes for more information and if you are concerned about the health of your dog, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

Read about feline diabetes

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