Just like humans, dogs can also experience diabetes which is a lifelong condition. Diabetic dogs require a lot more attention and commitment from their owners. However, many of the pet owners do not know what habits they must adopt and what changes they must do to their and their pet’s lifestyle when he is diagnosed with diabetes. If your dog has diabetes and you are looking for answers to some frequent questions you have regarding canine diabetes, this blog is dedicated to you and your dog.
What Is Canine Diabetes?
Diabetes in dogs is caused due to insufficient production of insulin in the body or on the other hand the blood cells are not able to respond to the insulin produced by the body. In a simpler way, we can say that your dog is diagnosed with diabetes when he is not able to metabolize sugar. These two conditions are two considered differently and known as diabetes type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes Known as juvenile-onset diabetes refers to a condition when there is an insufficient production of insulin. While on the other hand, type 2 occurs when your dog’s blood cells are unable to respond to insulin present in the body. However, insulin is required to extract energy from glucose.
Diabetes type 1 or Type 2?
Usually, younger dogs have more chances to experience diabetes type 1 however; older dogs have more chances of experiencing diabetes type 2. However, few dog breed such as the golden retriever, Keeshonds, Dachshunds and German Shepherds have more chances of experiencing diabetes. Diabetes type 1 can turn into lifetime condition whereas diabetes type 2 can be reversed easily by taking precautionary measures. No matter what type diabetes your dog has, you have to give proper attention towards your dog’s diet and routine to regulate the blood and urine. Because diabetes if remained untreated, it can lead to serious health conditions such as blindness, malnutrition, and neuropathy. Therefore, consult to your veterinarian and by collective efforts, you can take control over diabetes.
There are no such symptoms of diabetes but there could be a slight change in your dog’s eating and drinking habits or he may urinate a lot. In addition to this, his weight may start increasing at a faster rate.
Your pet’s veterinarian would probably ask you to feed your dog in small portions several times a day so that the calories will be digested easily. He would also recommend you to check his blood sugar level and level of ketones regularly so that he can conclude how much insulin he should prescribe to regulate sugar level in your Fido’s body.
In addition to this, the veterinarian would ask you to keep an eye on your dog’s weight because the excessive weight is another reason for diabetes. To regulate his weight you need to design his diet plan. Moreover, you should try to feed your Fido with grain free dog foods because they have more amount of protein and fewer carbohydrates. Here are some grain free dog food reviews of Taste of Wild Dog Food.
Another step that you must take is to increase your dog’s physical activities. Obsesses dogs become lazy, therefore, you should take them out for playing or just for a walk on daily basis.
Can Diabetes be cured?
Well, there is no cure for diabetes type 1 however by making lifestyle changes, insulin therapy and diet changes can increase your dog’s life expectancy. However, type 2 diabetes can reverse by following these changes.
Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves – writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of TotallyGoldens.com