Diabetes is a metabolic condition caused by the body’s incorrect insulin response. When insulin cannot properly engage with glucose, a dog will be left with uncontrolled sugar levels, which in turn causes many issues.
There are two types of diabetes in dogs.
Diabetes likelihood has several factors to consider: obesity, pregnancy – females can develop temporary diabetes during gestation, breed – some breeds are prone to diabetes, and the age of the dog.
With proper medication diabetes is controllable. Without medication diabetes life-altering or life-ending conditions including cataracts, enlarged liver, UTIs, seizures, kidney failure and ketoacidosis.
A veterinarian will do a urine test to assess glucose (sugar) levels and bloodwork to assess glucose levels, liver enzymes levels, and electrolyte imbalance.
Diabetes is incurable. It can be controlled through insulin, exercise and proper nutrition.
Work with your veterinarian to create a schedule for your dog, so medication is taken at the same time each day.