Dog Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common of dog diseases. It can affect dogs of all breeds and sizes. Although a serious condition, dog diabetes is treatable. Most dogs that receive proper care will live a normal life. Diabetes in dogs requires a lot of self-education and a lifestyle change. The two types of Diabetes that dogs get are diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus. Diabetes mellitus is the more common of the two.

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

When dog owners hear the term dog diabetes, sugar diabetes is what they think of and that is diabetes mellitus. Most dogs develop this condition between the age of five and nine years. This is the time when a dog begins to slow down and often starts gaining weight. It is not a coincidence that obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes mellitus.

Knowing the signs of diabetes mellitus is the best way to catch the disease early. Excessive thirst, loss of appetite, excessive urination and weight loss in a dog should equal a visit to the veterinarian. Without treatment a dog with diabetes mellitus will eventually die. This disease has no cure but insulin injections, a proper diet and monitoring the animal’s blood sugar level will help a dog to lead a normal life.
Living with diabetes means a lifestyle change for both human and pet. Diabetics do best when they are on a strict eating and insulin schedule. The owner should feed their dog at least twice per day. Feeding on demand, free feeding and table scraps are no longer options. For best results feed the dog, wait 30 minutes and then administer the insulin.

Diabetes Insipidus in Dogs

Diabetes insipidus is not something of which many people are aware. This uncommon dog illness has nothing to do with the blood glucose level of a dog. Diabetes insipidus is the inability of a dog to conserve water. Increased drinking and frequent urination are signs of this disease. The urine of dogs with Diabetes insipidus is clear instead of yellow.

A dog with this disease must have water available to it at all times. Since the body cannot conserve water, it does not take long for dehydration to set in when no water is available. It does not take long for dehydration to set in. Four to six hours without water and a dog with this type of diabetes can become dehydrated to the point of coma or death. Treatment is drug therapy that helps the body to retain water.

Dog owners must understand that a dog with Diabetes insipidus has little bladder control. They will urinate frequently and simply cannot wait until it is convenient for the owner. A dog is not being stubborn or destructive when it has an accident in an unapproved location. The investment in a dog door or puppy pee pads can help to cut down on accidents and constant requests for them to be let out. It may even be necessary for the dog’s owner to rid the house of carpeting and install linoleum floors for convenience and sanitary reasons.

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