How Can You Tell If Your Dog Has Diabetes?

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Diabetes is the most common hormonal disease in dogs.  Slightly more than one in four hundred dogs will develop diabetes (and the numbers are rising).

Diabetes In Dogs

Diabetes occurs in dogs when they lose the ability to properly obtain energy from their food.  This is caused by a lack of insulin.  And this most often occurs because of an autoimmune disorder.  Their own body’s attack the pancreas gland that produces insulin.  This continues until they can no longer make enough insulin.  And insulin is responsible for opening the cells up to allow food to enter.

When the food cannot enter, it builds up as excess glucose in the blood.  Since the cells are not receiving food, the dog becomes hungry and continues to eat and eat.  The dog is hungry because the cells are telling them they need energy and are not receiving it.

The glucose in the blood stream continues to rise so the body tries to rid itself by urinating out the sugar.  The dog will become very thirsty as the sugar rises and continually tries to push the glucose out through the urine.

So the symptoms of diabetes in dogs are excessive hunger and thirst and urinating more frequently than usual.

If you see these symptoms in a dog, make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.  Your dog could dehydrate quickly, causing lower blood pressure, and if allowed to continue – shock and later death.

So take immediate action if you recognize these symptoms in your dog.

Types Of Diabetes In Dogs

Humans have several types of diabetes and so do dogs.  The first type is similar to type 1 diabetes in human and requires insulin for treatment.  This was the type of diabetes previously discussed in this report.  The second type is gestational diabetes and this occurs only in pregnant female dogs.  Both types of diabetes have a similar treatment regimen.

Gestational Diabetes

The symptoms of this type of diabetes are excessive thirst, hunger, and urination, and weight loss.  Early recognition of gestational is vital and may save the life of both your dog and her puppies.  Make an appointment with you veterinarian immediately if observe any of these symptoms in your dog.

Gestational diabetes is unique in that it usually goes away after the puppies are born.


With proper monitoring and treatment, a diabetic dog can live for many happy years.

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