Yes, dogs just like man can be diabetic. The obese and purebred dogs are prone to the diabetic disease. My Rottweiler dog was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 7 years. The dog now takes twice a jab of insulin injections daily.
It is true that most of the dogs go on to live their full life but it is important to note few things. Majority of the dogs that have been taken ill becomes blind within a year of diagnoses. Also, they’re prone to heart ailments.
Dogs with diabetes have challenges when it comes to healing so that it becomes hard for them to overcome issues such as small cut. There are others that will have difficulty in healing their eyes no matter how hard it is to treat them.
Symptoms of Diabetes in dog
There are visible signs of symptoms of diabetes in dogs such as excessive peeing and thirst. It will wake you up at night wanting to go outside to pee. The behavior can make you tired of waking up and you will find that it has peed in the house.
The dog can also experience increased appetite and weight loss. The weight loss can occur despite the dog taking normal portions of food because dog is inefficient in converting the nutrients from its food. Also, the dog can have increased appetite or hungry every time as the body’s cells aren’t getting all the required glucose even if it is consuming a normal amount of food.
In more advanced cases, the dog can experience loss of appetite, vomiting, loss of energy, and having a depressed attitude. Any of this condition should prompt you to seek for urgent medical assistance.
Effects of Diabetes on the Health of the Dog
- Cataracts that can cause blindness
- It can have an enlarged liver
- Ketoacidosis condition
- Kidney failure
- Urinary Tract Infections
How to take care of your Diabetic Dog
If your dog is diabetic, ensure that you get a vet for him/her as soon as possible. Diabetic in pets is manageable just as it with individuals. It is important that your vet teach you on the best way of administering the insulin shots and ways of caring for and monitoring your dog.
The diabetic dog should eat properly and get the correct quantity of insulin. It is essential that you also ensure that your dog get adequate exercise to help it keep fit. If you don’t take care of the dog include excess consumption of water and repeated urination.
It is essential that you closely monitor your dog to ensure so that in case you see signs of diabetes, you can get it treated and the condition monitored. As discussed in the article, excessive intake of water and frequent urination is a sign of diabetes. The bladder will get full and your dog will urinate anywhere without noticing that he has already peed. The diagnosis is expensive and scary but most of the dogs can live happily after getting proper treatment.