Canine diabetes - take our advice2nd November 2016
Canine diabetes is one of the most common hormonal diseases in dogs. If undiagnosed and untreated, a dog will rapidly deteriorate. Make sure you know the signs and get help if you're concerned.
What do you do if your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes?
With the proper care, this disease is reasonably easy to manage and dogs can have a have good quality of life.
What is canine diabetes mellitus?
Diabetes mellitus is a condition that develops when not enough insulin is produced or the insulin that is produced isn’t sufficient enough to regulate blood sugar levels.
A dog with diabetes will tend to drink more, urinate more frequently, have a ravenous appetite and generally lose weight and body condition.
If the disease isn’t diagnosed early, a condition known as ketoacidosis can develop. This can be very serious and may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, dehydration and anorexia.
How is it diagnosed?
At Bollington Veterinary Centre we’re able to diagnose diabetes easily, often getting the results on the same day. We’ll take a blood sample and check a fresh urine sample for glucose.
How is it treated?
In most cases, a diabetic dog will remain diabetic for life. However the good news is that most dogs do very well and have a good quality of life with treatment.
Our approach to treating diabetes is to improve the animals diet, exercise regimes and start daily (or twice daily) injections of inulin. The aim is to stabilise blood glucose levels, clinical signs, body weight and so prevent the development of any long term complications.
At Bollington Veterinary Centre you can be assured that if your dog develops this condition, you’ll be supported all the way by our highly experienced clinical team of vets and nurses.
The prognosis for canine diabetes is good provided that it is diagnosed early and treated adequately.
Does your dog have any of these signs?
- drinking more
- ravenous appetite
- losing weight
- developing cloudy eyes (cataracts)
- become incontinent
- slowed down on walks
- become lethargic
If so it might be a good idea to book to see one of our vets or nurses.