Diabetes is becoming more prevalent everywhere
Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in our modern society, not only amongst humans but with our pets as well. There are tell-tale signs to look out for on how to tell if your dog has diabetes. Like anything if you see any of the warning signs take action early you will give your dog a much better chance of living a long and happy life or even beating diabetes.
The most common form of the disease in dogs is type 1 diabetes, which means they are dependent on insulin. Which means you will have to inject your dog with insulin daily. It also means that your dog will require a lot more love and care from you the owner.
Why dogs become diabetic
The cause of diabetes in dogs as it is for humans, is unknown. One of the major causes is obesity. It can occur more often in older dogs. Unhealthy or inactive lifestyles is also a reason. A kibble only diet increases the risk of developing diabetes that is because kibble is very high in carbohydrates, which the body converts to sugar for energy. Feed your dog a predominantly protein based diet. They will prefer that anyway.
How to tell if your dog has diabetes
- Increased urination and thirst – this can be an easy one to miss but watch for an insatiable thirst especially as your dog gets older.
- Increased and unexplained weight loss. This happens as the cells in your animal are being squeezed as the body cannot burn off excess sugar in the body – it gives the appearance of severe weight loss.
- Increased appetite – this is because your dog is not getting the vital nutrients in his food. He or she will feel the need to eat more and more.
- Lethargy – unexplained lack of interest in normal activities eg going for walks etc.
- A sweet smelling or fruity breath. This maybe hard to detect.
- Eye problems – dogs can develop diabetic cataracts and can go blind after developing diabetes.
- Urinary tract infections – the sugar in your dog’s bladder can make it very susceptible to infections
If your dog shows any or all of these signs you need to get to the vet straight away
I am not going to lie, looking after a diabetic dog will be tough. It will require blood sugar monitoring, injecting insulin and keeping an eagle eye on his or her behaviour including its diet and exercise. But if you truly love your dog you will be happy to do this. See my article of the best diabetic dog food brands if your dog does get diabetes.
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