Dog Care

Signs your dog may have diabetes

by Twila on June 21, 2017

Hot and humid New Orleans summers can cause dogs to drink more water than usual, however if your fur kid’s excessive drinking is accompanied by the following symptoms you should consult with your vet ASAP.

Symptoms of Dog Diabetes

  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Cataract formation, blindness
  • Chronic skin infections

Types of Diabetes

Type 1- Lack of insulin production.

Type 2-  Impaired insulin production plus inadequate response to the hormone.

Type 1 is the most common form of diabetes for dogs. This occurs when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. Fur kids with this type of diabetes need therapy in order to live. Type 2 is more common in cats.


Veterinarians are not exactly sure what cause diabetes in dogs but most suspect that it has to do with autoimmune disease, genetics, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas

Dogs that are more prone

Some veterinarians believe that female dogs between the ages of 6-9 that are overweight and certain breeds such as Australian terriers, standard and miniature schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles, keeshonds and samoyeds are at higher risk of Diabetes. However just like people, this disease can affect any pup regardless of age, weight, gender, or breed.

Diagnosis and Treatment

More than likely your vet will perform a physical, blood work, and urinalysis to determine if your pet is diabetic. In the event your dog is diabetic, he or she will be treated based on how severe the symptoms and the lab work are. Therapy will be tailored specifically to your pup and each dog will respond differently to treatment.

Severely ill pups will require several days of intensive hospital care to regulate their blood sugar, while more stable dogs may receive oral medication or a high fiber diet. Most dogs will need insulin shots to regulate their blood. Once a treatment has been set in place your vet will show you how to give Fido his insulin injection at home. If your female dog isn’t already spayed, its highly recommended that you do in that hormones can affect her blood sugar levels. Stay clear of any dog foods and treats that are high in glucose. Make sure to consult with your vet about proper dieting and exercise for weight management.

How to prevent diabetes

Speak with your vet about the best diet and exercise that works for your pet. Once that plan is established contact us NOLAs Finest Pet Care, to handle your daily/weekly dog walking and playtime needs.







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