Does Diabetes Cause Pain In Dogs?

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Yes, it can.

Diabetes can cause nerve damage over time.  Sometimes this nerve damage has no symptoms at all.  And for other dogs with diabetes, it may cause pain, tingling, or numbness (loss of feeling in legs or other areas of the body).

Diabetes can cause nerve problems in every organ system of the body.

It is estimated that over time over 70 percent of dogs with diabetes will have some form of nerve damage.  The risk of this damage increases with time and age.  Unsprayed females dogs with diabetes are at an increased risk.

Other factors that increase risk for nerve damage are an increased blood glucose, obesity, and a high fat diet.

Symptoms of Pain In Diabetic Dogs

Dogs cannot tell you when something hurts.  It would certainly be easier if they could.  So how can you tell when your dog hurts?

Many dogs will show no symptoms at all when they are in pain.  That is part of their heritage.  Showing pain for a predator like a dog would make them vulnerable to other predators.

Recognizing Pain In Diabetic Dogs – Symptoms

Pain can have a variety of causes in dogs such as arthritis, diabetic nerve damage, recent surgery, ear cleaning, cancer, tooth or dental pain, urinary tract infection, or anal sac obstruction.

A diabetic dog cannot tell you when they hurt or are in pain.  So how can you really tell when your dog is in pain.

Watch your diabetic dog closely for the symptoms listed below.

Sounds Made By Diabetic Dogs In Pain

A diabetic dog can make a variety of sounds to let you know that they hurt or are in pain.  A dog can whine, grunt, yowl, yelp, groan, or grunt to indicate that they are in pain.  So pay attention for these sounds when you suspect your dog may be in pain.

Changes In Activity That Indicate Pain In Diabetic Dog

A diabetic dog in pain may become more restless and just not settle down.  No position of laying or sitting is comfortable.  They may get up and down and then repeat.  They may continually circle, looking for a position that is comfortable.

A dog in pain may be reluctant to move and have difficulty getting up from the floor.

A diabetic dog in pain may tremble or just lie as still as they can.

A dog in pain may seek more attention than usual.  They may not want to leave your side.  They become very clingy and want you to constantly pet or rub them.  They may seek to be constantly underfoot.

Your dog may hide or not want to cuddled or picked up.  They may seek to protect a body part by shying away from your petting or a particular area.

The dog may limp or not want to put weight on a foot or leg.

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