ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dog diagnosed with diabetes

Updated on December 8, 2008

More and more dogs are diagnosed every day

 

When diabetes strikes man's best friend it often leaves its owners and others in shock. Many people are unaware that pets can get diabetes just as in humans. When a pet is diagnosed with diabetes the owners perceives this almost as a death sentence. They imagine premature death or years of suffering to come.

But it does not have to be this way. Veterinary care advancements have permitted this disease to become manageable just as in humans. Dogs with diabetes are often granted good quality of life and many happy years to come.

A good outcome is most likely if you are an observant owner and know what KEY symptoms may suggest the beginning of diabetes.

It appears that diabetes mostly occurs in middle-aged/senior dogs. The average age in which the disease strikes is about 8 years or up. Females appear to be the most affected.

Younger dogs are not excluded since forms of juvenile diabetes may affect dogs under 1 year old. Obese dogs with a low exercise program seem to be more susceptible.

Diagnostically,the first thing to keep in mind is that the first signs of diabetes may be pretty subtle. Do not hesitate to take your dog to the vet if he/she is just not acting right.

Increased thirst, medically known as polydypsia, is a common sign. This symptom often is underestimated since many owners blame it to hot weather, dry winter air, or increased activity.

What goes in generally comes out, thus increased urination (medically known as polydypsia) will consequently develop. Your dog may ask out more frequently and may even have accidents in the house.

The dog will mantain a good appetite but if the owner keeps good track of weight records he/she will notice that despite good food intake there is weight loss.

A poor coat is a visible sign of diabetes. Fur will have lost its healthy glow and appear dull.

Lethargy is the symptom that alerts the owner the most and brings to a scheduled vet visit. The dog will not be its active self, may lay around more often and appear to have lost interest in its surroundings.

Sudden blindness may occur at later stages. The owner will notice that the dog suddenly starts bumping into furniture or walls. Earlier, the dog may have developed cataracts, a loss of transparency with the appearance of crushed ice particles in the eye.

Cataracts may develop in one or both eyes. This occurs because of excess sugars accumulating in the lens of the eye. The only way to get rid of cataracts is cataract surgery. This could end up being pretty expensive.

Diabetic neuropathology may appear as well in advanced stages, the owner may notice that the dog develops unexplained weakness in the rear legs. Some people may beleieve this is part of normal aging.

Generalized malaise is common, as the dog becomes more prone to infections.

Ketoacidosis is a diabetic complication indicating sugar levels have skyrocketed. This condition requires immediate hospitalization. The dog will exhibit sudden lethargy, reluctance to eat and drink, and in some cases vomit.

The normal blood glucose level in dogs is between 80 and 120. All it takes to diagnose diabetes is a simple blood test and urinalysis.

Please do not hesitate to have your dog seen by a vet if it develops any unexplained symptoms. In some cases, if caught early enough, weight loss along with a good exercise program and diet may suffice. In other cases, careful glucose monitoring requiring several days at the hospital are necessary along with insulin injections.

Dog diabetes can be pretty manageable to treat nowadays, there are accurate diagnostic tests and treatments that grant good quality of life, however, it appears that the attentive, loving, informed and caring owner is the one that plays the key role in preventing the disease from progressing and keeping it to its manageable levels.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)