Let’s face it, canine diabetes is on the rise. However, many people are totally ignorant of the symptoms of diabetes in dogs. In this case, ignorance is not bliss, though. Diabetes in canines can result in blindness, infections, and if left untreated, in death.
Anyone who has a canine in their life needs to know these seven symptoms that are common to dogs with diabetes.
1. Drinking More Water Than Usual
This should always be a red flag for pet owners. If your pet is suddenly very thirsty, and continues to be for several days, this could be due to high blood sugar levels. Her body will be demanding more water in an attempt to flush some of the glucose out of her system.
Sometimes the amount of water she’s drinking increases so gradually, you may not even be aware of it until another symptom, frequent urination, shows up.
2. Frequent Urination
This goes along with drinking a lot of water. Even if you don’t notice your pet’s increased water consumption, it’s hard to miss it if she’s asking to go outside more often, or if she’s having accidents in the house because she can’t “hold it.”
3. She’s Lethargic And Tired
Your formerly energetic companion suddenly seems to have lost interest in life. All she wants to do is lay around. You may notice that she’s weak, and tired all the time. She just doesn’t seem to be herself.
4. Weight Gain Or Loss
Any pet that suddenly gains or loses weight for no reason needs to see the vet, especially if she’s ravenously hungry, but isn’t putting on any weight, or is even losing it. This can be a symptom of any number of health problems, but canine diabetes is often the reason.
5. Her Breath Is Sweet
Instead of the usual “dog breath,” your pup’s breath has a sweet smell to it. This is a definite sign of high blood sugar levels. Take your pet to the vet right away.
6. Shaking Or Shivering
This is a symptom of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. This is very serious condition that needs immediate treatment.
7. Persistent Infections
If your pup is suffering from repeated urinary tract infections, gum infections, or fungal infections, it could because due to diabetes. One of the symptoms of diabetes in dogs is a decreased resistance to infections.
Your Pet May Not Show Any Symptoms At All
Sometimes dogs with diabetes don’t show any of these symptoms because the disease changes their bodily functions so slowly. For this reason, this disease is often known as a silent killer.
Can you prevent diabetes in canines? The answer is yes. Here are some suggestions:
*Keep your dog’s weight under control.
*Feed her a high quality canned food that’s low in fat and carbohydrates and high in fiber.
*Have her spayed, as high estrogen levels can sometimes interfere with insulin production.
*Regular exercise will keep her in shape, and it’s also helpful in keeping her blood sugar levels normal.
Some pet owners are curious about natural remedies for dogs. Research has shown that certain herbs and dietary supplements are very helpful in keeping the amount of glucose in the blood at normal levels. However, once canine diabetes has developed, your pet will need to be on insulin for the rest of her life. With this disease, prevention is definitely the best cure.
Don’t be paralyzed by ignorance. Protect your pet by knowing the symptoms of diabetes in dogs.