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Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes in Dogs

In recent years, animal hospitals have been seeing an increasing number of dogs with diabetes. In this post, our Jesup vets discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of diabetes in dogs.

Types of Diabetes in Dogs

There are 2 different types of diabetes in dogs and no currently known cure. However, there are ways to minimize the symptoms and treat your pup to help them live a long and comfortable life.

Insulin-Deficient Diabetes

This form of diabetes occurs when the dog’s body isn’t producing enough insulin due to a damaged or poorly functioning pancreas. Insulin-deficient diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in dogs.

Insulin-Resistant Diabetes

This form of diabetes occurs when the pancreas is producing some insulin, but the dog’s body isn’t utilizing the insulin properly. Insulin-resistant diabetes is common in older, obese dogs.

How do dogs get diabetes?

The finite causes of diabetes in dogs have not been determined, but there are certain factors that can increase the likelihood of your pup developing diabetes:

  • Dogs being treated for other conditions with steroid medications
  • Dogs suffering from Cushing's disease or other autoimmune disorders
  • Unspayed females
  • Overweight dogs

Signs of Diabetes in Dogs

The early signs of diabetes in dogs include:

  • Frequent urination (polyuria)
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Excessive appetite (polyphagia)
  • Unexplained weight loss

As the disease becomes more advanced symptoms may become more severe and include:

  • Visual impairment
  • Blindness
  • Lack of energy
  • Dull coat
  • Vomiting
  • Joint stiffness/weakness

Treating Diabetes in Dogs

Your vet might recommend a few things for your dog with diabetes:

  • A special, vet-recommended diet
  • Close monitoring of your dog for changes in symptoms and overall health
  • Regular veterinary examinations
  • Daily insulin shots
  • Regular daily exercise to help avoid spikes or sudden drops in glucose levels

Left untreated, diabetes in dogs can lead to severe and life-threatening side effects such as blindness, enlarged liver, urinary tract infections, seizures, kidney failure, and ketoacidosis.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your dog showing signs of diabetes, contact our Jesup vets for more information on how to treat them and reduce symptoms.

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