Does My Dog Have Diabetes?

People are not the only beings who suffer from diabetes. Any mammal with a pancreas can develop the disease through a lack of or impaired insulin production. Diabetes is just as dangerous for canines as it is for humans; therefore, it’s important to monitor your dog’s health as well as your own.

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of canine diabetes is unknown. Dogs typically experience type 1 diabetes and can no longer produce insulin. Some suggested causes include autoimmune disease, genetics, obesity, and certain medications. Female dogs are much more likely than male dogs to develop diabetes, for causes unknown. Overall, older pets have a greater risk, but some breeds do develop juvenile diabetes. In general, Australian shepherds, schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles, Keeshonds, and Samoyeds develop diabetes more frequently than other breeds.


Symptoms

Certain behaviors may indicate diabetes. You may want to take your dog to the vet if you notice one or more of these irregular behaviors:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Dehydration
  • Cataract formation/vision loss
  • Change in appetite

Monitor your dog’s eating and drinking habits, as well as the frequency of urination so that you and your vet can look for patterns in symptoms.

The Next Step

If you believe your dog might have diabetes, don’t hesitate to take him or her to the vet. Blood and urine tests will determine a diabetes diagnosis, and the vet will be able to give you further instructions.

Source: ASPCA and VCA Animal Hospitals
Photo: Pixabay


More Articles

Having diabetes is cause for concern, however it doesn’t mean that you need to eliminate all of your favorite foods from your diet completely....

With diabetes becoming more of an epidemic each and every day, being knowledgeable about the disease, its effects on the body as well as ways to...

If you’re a diabetic or live with one, it can be tough trying to figure out the best foods to eat because your priority is to control your blood...

In this post, I will show you the 10 best ice creams for diabetics.

When you think of sweetened foods that a diabetic shouldn’t consume,...

If you’re living with diabetes, snacking is a necessity because going for more than 3-4 hours without eating can be detrimental to your health....

More Articles

For diabetics, choosing healthy snacks can be a daunting task.

A good rule of thumb is to pick out snacks that are rich in protein, fiber,...

According to information available through the National Institutes of Health, there’s an estimated 462 million people in the world who are...

Eleven Clinical Studies

After eleven clinical studies and 300,000 participants, researcher Vasanti Malik and her team of researchers...

Diabetic women often have a harder time losing weight than non-diabetic women. A study funded by Jenny Craig proved that diabetic women have an...

Many recent studies have proved that magnesium levels are lower in patients with diabetes than in non-diabetics. This magnesium...

Fluid retention, also known as edema, is a problem that affects many diabetics, especially those with type 2 diabetes...

Some of us might be thrilled if we could manage our blood sugar by sitting in a hot tub or sauna, instead of working up a sweat biking, or using...

Cooking and baking with the ancient cereal grain sorghum has health benefits for people with diabetes, and those with weight control issues....

When it comes to certain foods, there are always questions as to whether or not a diabetic can have them without...

With its slightly nutty flavor, chewy texture, and nutritional punch farro is an ancient whole grain worth a place in our pantry.

Farro...

Matcha tea is a rich, creamy, full-bodied beverage with amazing nutritional properties that address several diabetes health concerns.

The...

Salads are good example of foods that type 2 diabetics can enjoy with relatively low guilt. With the right greens and other elements added, salad...

Remaining gainfully employed is important to many people. Those who live with any form of diabetes may find that some lines of work are more...

Learning that you have diabetes does mean making some lifestyle changes. One of the areas that needs attention is your diet. Most people find that...

One of the more challenging aspects of life as a type 2 diabetic is managing your diet. There’s often the temptation to avoid certain foods...