Pet Awareness - January

January Is Diabetes Awareness Month

Like humans, dogs can acquire diabetes too.

Canine diabetes usually surfaces in senior dogs and those that have passed their middle years. Female dogs are at higher risks than male dogs, because of the changes in their reproductive hormones every time they get pregnant. Some breeds that are prone to developing this disease are miniature pinschers, cairn terriers, dachshunds, poodles, beagles, miniature schnauzers, and keeshonds. These dogs have a genetic structure that is more prone to developing dog diabetes than other breeds.

The Causes of Dog Diabetes

Dog diabetes is a disease that does not have many external causes. Which means most of the causes of this disease canít be prevented or controlled.

One of the causes of dog diabetes is heredity. Which means that if the dogís parents have diabetes, it is very likely that the offspring will inherit the same problem.

Aside from heredity, other risk factors for dog diabetes are infectious diseases and viruses. It is possible that your dogís condition is triggered by an entirely different disease, which it may have suffered a long time ago. Certain diseases, especially the ones affecting the pancreas, may trigger abnormal production of the hormone insulin.

The use of steroids in your pet may also be a factor. Dogs that are given steroid shots on a regular basis may eventually develop diabetes. Steroids may affect the normal functions of the pancreas, which may cause an under production of insulin.

The Symptoms of Dog Diabetes

Lethargy

Lethargy is a symptom of many dog diseases, not just diabetes. This is why it is very important for you to take note of your dog's condition. Sometimes, the laziness of your dog signifies a serious medical condition. If your dog is not responsive, assume that your dog is sick. Take it to your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.

Excessive Water Consumption

A dog that drinks water excessively is likely sick with diabetes. Diabetes may cause your pet to consume too much water because of overproduction of glucose, or because glucose can't be metabolized by its body properly. For such instances, your veterinarian may prescribe certain medications to help with the problem.

Increased Urination

If your dog tends to drink too much water, it will urinate often. These two symptoms are related to each other. Talk to your veterinarian if your dog is urinating more than normal.

Unexplained Weight Gain or Weight Loss

Because of the lack of activity in your pet, you can expect that it will slowly gain weight. This may also be because of the fact that your dog cannot burn as much sugar as it should because of the insulin deficiency it is suffering from. Weight that is gained abnormally is a major cause for concern, whether or not it is caused by diabetes.

Treatment for Dog Diabetes

If your dog is diagnosed by your veterinarian to be suffering from diabetes, there are some drastic changes that you have to undertake concerning its diet and lifestyle. The vet will provide strict guidelines that have to be followed so that your dog's health can be restored and managed correctly.

The treatment procedure starts with the right diet. Low fat and low sugar meals are required so that your dog's condition won't become worse. Your veterinarian will give you a list of foods that your dog isn't supposed to eat. The vet will diagnose your dog accordingly and determine how much the disease has affected its system. He will then try to provide medications to reverse this condition.

More Information on Diets For Dogs With Diabetes

There are mild cases of diabetes and there are bad cases. The milder cases are can be addressed by a simple diet change and by taking the necessary medications. However, severe cases of this disease may require insulin injections. Such injections can be administered by your veterinarian. It is also possible for you to give the shots yourself, provided that you learn how to do so.

Natural Remedies For Dog Diabetes

Source: Dog Diabetes Guide