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How does the vet test for pet diabetes?

May 12, 2021

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The vet will test your dog’s urine for the presence of glucose.  If it appears at a high level in their urine, they will then test your dog’s blood.  A diagnosis of diabetes will only become definite when glucose is found at a high level both in the urine and in the blood.

Diabetes is not a curable disease. It can be managed very successfully with proper treatment, diet and exercise.

The main goal of managing diabetes is to maintain glucose levels in an acceptable range while avoiding hypoglycaemia, or LOW blood sugar.  Proper management of the disease can reduce or eliminate signs of the diabetes, such as excessive thirst and urination.

Visit our YouTube channel for a cute video explaining one way that diabetes is managed.

One of the ways in which the disease is managed is with insulin.  After diagnosis, the vet will determine the insulin dose based on your dog’s weight.  This dose might need some tweaking over time. The vet will teach you everything you need to know about giving insulin. They will also discuss with you how to monitor your dog’s glucose levels at home.

If your dog is showing any signs of diabetes or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health, call the team today on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or open a chat on PetsApp.

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