Diabetes in Dogs – Understanding Dog Diabetes

Diabetes in dogs is a complicated illness caused by one of two things.

1. Not enough Insulin, or a total lack of the hormone insulin.
2. Insulin resistance – The dog’s system will not accept the insulin or poor response to the insulin.

Top Ten Signals Your dog Has Diabetes – Symptoms of Diabetes In Dogs

#1 Sudden Weight Loss – A diabetic dog may act as if it is hungrier than a horse, but weight loss that comes on suddenly should be a reason for alarm as this can be a common sign of diabetes and may cause an increase in the dog’s metabolism as a result.

2. Depression – A sign of a dog being diabetic in older aged dog’s is ketoacidosis. when this is out of control and ketones are found at high levels in your dog can cause depression.

#3 Weakness or Fatigue – is a sign that needs to be checked into pronto. watch your dog for having limited activity, sleeping more than usual, and lethargy.

#4 Increased Hunger – If your dog starts to suddenly act like it is hungry all the time even though he /she has been eating the normal amount.

If your pup is losing weight even though eating more can be a sign that your dog has diabetes.

#5 Clouds in the Eyes – A prevalent complexity for dog’s with diabetes is cataracts. This needs to be watched closely as cataracts can cause blindness in your dog if not looked into.

#6 Obesity – Obesity can be the main cause of your dog having diabetes. Always try to keep your dog at a healthy weight with both diet and exercise.

#7 Vomiting – This can be just another problem caused ketoacidosis. If your dog is vomiting take your pet to the veterinarian.

#8 Thinning or Very Dull Hair – This can be a problem that is caused by many diseases including diabetes.

Watch this closely and take your dog to the veterinarian to find out what the cause is.

#9 Increased Urination – This is a sure sign of diabetes if you notice your dog is urinating more frequently, definitely take your dog to the vet and have a diabetes test done.

Most of all take this very seriously as frequent urination is an early signal of diabetes.

#10 Increased Thirst – Another early warning signal of diabetes. Furthermore can make your dog dehydrated. Watch this closely.


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Your dog’s health is very important, be sure to know what the risk factors are for your pup!

Risk Factors For Dog Diabetes

Here is a short list of the dog risk factors for diabetes.

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Inflammation
  • Diet
  • Pancreatitis
  • Toxins
  • Autoimmunity
  • Genetics or breed of dog
  • Obesity

How to evade the dog risk factors in canine diabetes

  • Reduce stress – because stress can cause a lot of different issues with diabetes in dogs
  • Get rid of processed foods – look for diabetic dog food
  • Reduce your dog’s weight – with diet & exercise because this is very important when we are talking diabetes
  • Get rid of starch and sugar – buy or make diabetic dog treats
  • Feed your dog a low carb, median fat, and median protein food


Dog Diabetes Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of a dog with diabetes that is on insulin is comparable to other dogs of the same breed and other healthy pets.

The lifespan of a diabetic dog depends on numerous factors. However, if you are constantly monitoring your dog’s sugar levels and the disease is controlled, odds are he will live a long full life. Due to you sticking to the medical regimen.

Typically diabetes is only a threat to life if it is uncontrolled and/or non identified. Follow the directions of your veterinarian and stick with the treatment program regimen.

This will keep your pup in tip-top shape and your dog will be with you for many years to come as a result of you taking care of your dog’s health.

In conclusion please watch the video’s below for more information on diabetes in dogs.

 #1 video Understanding Dog Diabetes Part 1 – Symptoms and Diagnosis


 Understanding Dog Diabetes Part 2 – Daily Life


 Understanding Dog Diabetes Part 3 – Diet and Exercise


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