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Diabetic Dogs

Diabetes is a word that we would ordinarily associate with humans but it is a fairly common complaint in both cats and dogs. It is seen more in dogs than it is in cats.
There are two different kinds of diabetes, Mellitus and Insipidus, Mellitus diabetes is certainly the more common one of the two. It is also known as sugar diabetes because high levels of blood sugar are evident.

The symptoms can include an exaggerated thirst, weight loss, refusing food and dogs will sometimes also possess a sweet aroma on their breath.

Many cases begin with a normally well housetrained dog starting to have accidents within their home; this is due to the fact that they are drinking higher quantities of water.

If you discover that your dog is constantly consuming more water than normal then it is advised that you take them to your vet who will carry out some tests to ascertain if it is diabetes.

To cut a long story short and to not blind you with science, the very basic cause of diabetes is a lack of the insulin hormone so the treatment involves replacing the hormone via insulin injections. If you and your canine friend find yourselves having to confront diabetes then do not panic as it can be treated.

The dog’s body will not always require the same amount of insulin and it will often fluctuate but once you learn to monitor the levels you will be able to work out a plan of action regarding insulin injections. Once you fall into a daily regime concerning the injections you will notice a big difference in your dog’s health.

You can also provide your dog with a high fibre diet, have a look around as there are some available specifically to assist diabetic dogs and they can actually reduce your dog’s need for insulin.

The best course of action, as always, is to seek the advice of a vet if you are in any doubt about your dog’s health.

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