Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect dogs and cats and other animals (including apes, pigs, and horses) as well as humans. Although diabetes can’t be cured, it can be managed very successfully.
Diabetes mellitus (known simply as diabetes) is a serious disease of dogs. The main characteristic of diabetes is an inability to control the level of sugar in the blood. This leads to chronically high blood sugar levels, which in turn lead to the symptoms of the disease. With proper treatment, many diabetic dogs lead essentially normal lives. However, without treatment, the disease inevitably leads to serious complications.
What are the symptoms of diabetes in dogs?
The owner will sometimes notice certain symptoms that can be early signs of diabetes:
- Excessive thirst: The dog may drink frequently and empty the water bowl more often.
- Increased urination: The dog may ask to go outside frequently and may start having “accidents” in the house. Increased urination (and increased thirst) happens because the body is trying to get rid of excess sugar by sending it out through urine, along with water that bonds to the sugar.
- Weight loss: The dog can lose weight despite eating normal portions. This is because the dog isn’t efficiently converting nutrients from its food.
- Increased appetite: The dog can be very hungry all the time because the body’s cells aren’t getting all the glucose they need, even though the dog is eating a normal amount.
- Advanced signs: In more advanced cases of diabetes, symptoms can become more pronounced and can include:
Advanced signs. In more advanced cases of diabetes, symptoms can become more pronounced and can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Lack of energy
- Depressed attitude
Threats to health. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to devastating effects on the dog’s body, which is why early detection and proper treatment are crucial.