Diabetes in dogs is the same as it is in humans. The dog suffers from insufficient insulin levels which results in too much glucose. This causes a large range of symptoms that can lead to death, which is why treatment and management is so important.
It can sometimes be hard for pet owners to know what signs to look for when it comes to diabetes so always remember to keep a sharp eye on your pet’s habits so you notice any changes. With diabetes, look for excessive urination and water consumption, rapid weight loss coupled with an increased appetite, cataracts, and infections that keep coming back.
When your dog has diabetes, you’ll need quite a few things to keep them healthy. You’ll need glucose test strips, insulin, insulin syringes, and white corn syrup. You may also want a special container to store the insulin needles in and you can also choose to buy a special animal blood glucose meter although many veterinarians say it isn’t necessary.
When giving your animal insulin, make sure that your dog has eaten before the injection, usually about 30 minutes before. Giving the dog the insulin can be tricky as they don’t understand what’s going on, so it has to be done carefully. If you can, have someone with you who can hold the dog so it can’t move or get away. Comfort him before you give the injection if he’s agitated. It will make things easier on everyone. The injection should cause little or no pain. Hold the syringe in your hand and pick up the fold of skin that’s either on the dog’s back or shoulders. This skin is loose so it should come up easily. Then, simply push the needle in at a 45 degree angle. After that, pull back slightly on the syringe and then push the plunger. Withdraw the needle and you’re done. Make sure to reward your dog afterwards.
To monitor your dogs’ blood glucose levels, you will need to work very closely with your vet. Regular visits will be required to carefully monitor the situation. There are also special urine strips you can use to monitor these levels.
Symptoms and complications of diabetes are mostly interchangeable. People notice the complications and see them as symptoms. Complications from diabetes for dogs include diabetic cataracts, the most common complication. It also includes rapid weight loss, which is unhealthy for a dog.
- Canine Diabetes: Touches on all the major aspects of caring for a dog with diabetes including things like insulin, animal blood glucose meters, and blood glucose charts.
- Canis Major: Discusses dog diabetes with tips on how to deal with it.
- Pet Diabetes: Resource page with links to many sites containing information about animals with diabetes.
- Doggy Diabetes FAQ: Good overview of diabetes and how it affects dogs.
- Feeding and Diet Control: Briefly discusses controlling a dog’s diabetes.
- Canine Diabetes Symptoms: Discusses what to look for in dogs that may have diabetes.
- Canine Diabetes: Discusses dog diabetes.
- Diabetes Diet: Discusses the ingredients of a good diet for a dog with diabetes.