Does My Dog Have Diabetes?

In most cases, it is highly abnormal for younger dogs to develop canine diabetes, but if your dog is over 4 years old and exhibits other symptoms, then the possibility of diabetes is a valid one. Diabetes in dogs is much more widespread in females. Many of the dog’s symptoms are comparable to those of diabetes in humans.

Symptoms Your Dog May Have Diabetes

* Canine diabetes can begin with obesity. This is not the case all the time; with a few breeds it can be genetic.

* Diabetes typically happens in dogs just about the age of 7 to 9.

* Larger dogs are more likely to get dog diabetes than smaller breeds.

* Look for extreme thirst. Do not limit your dog’s water. This is very critical because the dog will need all the water it drinks to keep dehydration away.

* More thirst means the call to urinate more often. Your flawlessly house-trained pet may suddenly be having more numerous accidents on the carpet since she is not used to hauling around so much weight in her bladder. Much like the chicken and the egg, which came first, the thirst for water or the must to urinate has been argued both ways.

* Your dog may start losing weight quickly, even though she is eating extra and will be sluggish, showing signs of excessive fatigue.

* Your dog may experience partial blindness, having a difficult time seeing.

Preventing symptoms for dogs diabetes:

1. Lower your dog’s carb intake. Yes, just like humans, too many carbohydrates can cause a weight increase, which contributes to diabetes. Many widespread dog foods contain ingredients that are as high as 98% carbohydrates. Learn your dog breed and make sure that he is getting the needed nutrients. Making a change to a healthier dog food can be a helpful step.

2. Exercise! Many dogs develop diabetes that could be prevented if they had been active and not become overweight. This of course is your job, the dog owner. If your dog is immobile and gains weight, he can develop diabetes even if he is not a breed that is genetically in jeopardy.

As of this writing there really is no cure for canine diabetes. Sometimes it lasts throughout your pet’s life span. If it does, do your best to keep your dog’s weight down, get it sufficient exercise, and give your pet its medication regularly along with plenty of water.