DOG DIABETES AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT
One most common issue among dogs is diabetes. Diabetes is not just a disease that happens to human but also dogs. According to Veterinary World, 1 in every 500 dogs is diagnosed with Diabetes. This number is just increasing day by day. Though this disease can’t be cured it definitely can be managed.
What is Dog Diabetes?
Diabetes in dogs can either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes mellitus. Among the dog population in India, Type 1 is very common and is caused because of the destruction and damage of insulin-producing Beta cells. For stabilizing the sugar level for this type of diabetes, insulin injections are needed.
Type 2 diabetes produces a lot of insulin which can be caused due to the dog’s body being insulin resistant. For these tablets are recommended or the best is sub epidermal insulin injections.
If you see these sign in your dog, there can be a chance of them suffering from diabetes.
- Increased urination
- Excessive thirst
- Increased fatigue
- Extreme Weight loss or extreme Weight gain
- Increased appetite
- Skin Infection/ Irritability
It is recommended that you and your dog should pay a visit to the veterinarian in every 6-8months to keep their sugar levels in check.
How is Dog Diabetes being managed?
Science and medicine have been doing wonders in current years. Dogs that have been diagnosed with Diabetes are living a healthier and longer life. Taking your dog regularly to the vet is recommended as they perform tests to check if there is not excessive urine, blood or sugar. The blood test might reveal some other diabetes signs like electrolyte imbalances and high liver enzymes. Diabetes becomes more difficult if the dogs are older. The sooner diabetes is detected; it gives a better chance to your dog to live a better life.
If the dog has been detected with diabetes, they have to maintain a daily exercise routine like walking. Exercise will help in maintaining the blood sugar levels in the dog’s body. Consult a vet for the best-balanced diet which is rich in both carbohydrate and fiber. A low- fat content diet is advised.