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Dog Diabetes Symptoms

Updated on July 19, 2012

Before a dog is diagnosed with diabetes, the owner may have noticed some dog diabetes symptoms. Not all dogs develop any noticeable symptoms, but the dog owner should have the dog examined by the veterinarian if the dog exhibits physical changes and abnormal behavior. The dog owner should inform the veterinarian if the dog is showing dog diabetes symptoms.

Any breed of dog can develop diabetes, but certain breeds like poodles, golden retrievers, and miniature schnauzers have higher incidence rates than other dog breeds. Dogs most commonly develop diabetes symptoms between the ages of six to nine years.

The initial symptoms of diabetes in dogs are increased thirst, more frequent urination, and weight loss despite an increase in appetite. Many dog owners do not recognize these changes as dog diabetic symptoms.

When the diabetes is left undiagnosed and therefore not treated, the condition worsens. The symptoms of dog diabetes become more severe. A dog may become much less active than usual. In fact the dog may be so weak and lethargic that it seems unwilling or unable to move.

Some dogs experience vomiting and a loss of appetite. Dehydration is a common dog diabetes symptom. Dogs that have been vomiting for more than twenty-four hours should be seen by a veterinarian whether the dog owner suspects diabetes or not.

In severe cases when the blood sugar levels have been high, the dog can lose consciousness. Some dogs lapse into a coma during a diabetic emergency. Any unconsciousness with the inability to wake the dog is a veterinary emergency.

Any abnormal behavior, changes in appetite, and changes in the dog's appearance such as swelling always should be reported to the veterinarian. The earlier that diabetes is diagnosed, the better chances the dog has for leading a normal life without the development of potentially dangerous diabetes complications.

In addition to reporting any of these dog diabetes signs to the veterinarian, the dog owner should provide the dog with regular veterinary checkups. These examinations can catch the presences of diseases like diabetes so that treatment can begin before the illness has caused severe damage to the dog's body.

Treatment can include special diabetic dog food, insulin injections, and exercise. If the dog is obese, the body is less responsive to insulin which makes diabetes more difficult to manage. Therefore, the veterinarian may make recommendations to help the dog lose weight.

During the management of dog diabetes, the dog owner and veterinarian are partners in providing care and monitoring the dog's health. The dog owner should keep the veterinarian informed if there are dog diabetes symptoms that continue despite the diabetes treatment. These dog diabetes signs may indicate that part of the treatment needs to be changed so that the dog can enjoy a healthy life and possibly exceed diabetic dogs life expectancy.

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