Subtle changes in dog behavior, such as excessive drinking, decreased energy, increased urination, can easily be over looked or brushed off. However, recognizing the early signs of canine diabetes, might save your dog’s life. Just like humans, the rate of K9 diabetes has tripled since 1970, today about 1 in every 160 dogs have diabetes. Diabetes is a result of inadequate production of insulin by the islet cells in the pancreas. There may be a genetic predisposition for this in some dogs. Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshonden, and Poodles have the highest incidence, but all breeds can be affected. It can also be brought on my environmental factors and obesity. Early detection is critical in the wellness of your dog.
Look out for the following Symptoms of Dog Diabetes:
- Obesity- Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore, if your pet is obese you should keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any of the other symptoms of diabetes.
- Increased Urination- Urinating more frequently, producing more urine throughout the day, or having “accidents” in the house may mean your dog has developed polyuria.
- Increased Thirst – Drinking more water than usual, known as polydipsia, is an early warning sign of diabetes.
- Increased Hunger – If your dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as polyphagia), and maintains or loses weight despite increased food intake, this can be a sign of diabetes as well.
- Sudden Weight Loss- Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.
- Weakness or Fatigue- Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs there may just be a general sense of lethargy, being less active, or sleeping more.
- Thinning or Dull Hair- Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included, so it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.
- Cloudy Eyes – A common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. Cataracts can lead to blindness if not monitored.
- Depression - A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in the body of your pet can cause depression.
- Vomiting - Another side effect of ketoacidosis, if your pet’s diabetes has escalated to this point before it’s been recognized, is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females. Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.
If your dog has any of the symptoms listed above there is an easy home test available. PawCheck can tell you in a matter of minutes if your pet has diabetes – making it easy for you to monitor your pets health from home and saving you 100$ in vet bills.
UGODOG can help:
If you do find that your dog has diabetes and one of his/her symptoms is frequent urination UGODOG can help. By training your dog to go on the UGODOG you will be relieved of the pressure to take your dog out as often as he or she requires going. Many UGODOG customers with a diabetic dog in their family have found UGODOG to be a “life-saver”.
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