Canine Diabetes Treatment

Dogs have the ability to develop diabetes, just like their owners. In fact, the symptoms, treatments and complications from it are much the same for both groups. But since dogs rely on their owners to take care of them, it is up to you, the owner, to watch out for the signs that your pooch may be in trouble.

Diabetes in dogs is known as diabetes mellitus, just like in humans. Although dogs can develop the condition at any age, it is much more prone to appear in dogs that are middle-age and older.

Typically, a dog will need to undergo a series of blood tests in order to verify diagnosis and the extent of the disease. The veterinarian ordering the tests might want to keep the animal for a day or two, just for observation. This gives them a chance to get the dog's sugar levels under control before they feel comfortable enough to send them home.

The good news is that since dogs rely on their owners for meals, it is easier to keep them on a healthy diet. Your dog will need to change their eating habits and switch over to a high-fiber diet twice a day. If you are accustomed to leaving their food out all day to allow grazing this will need to change.

You may also be required to give your dog medication or daily insulin injections. Your doctor can advise you on how often and how much to administer.

It is important to keep a close tab on your dog and their progress. Look for subtle changes in their demeanor, appetite, activity level and weight. Changes in any of these areas can be a red flag that the disease has changed in severity.

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