What To Monitor In A Diabetic Dog

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A diabetic dog needs closer monitoring than a dog without diabetes.

Your dog cannot tell you how they feel.  You need to know the subtle changes that could signal problems in your diabetic dog.

Daily Monitoring – All Could Indicate High Blood Glucose

1.      Take a look at your dog’s food intake daily.  Are they just not eating as much as normal or nothing at all?

2.      Examine your dog’s water intake.  Are they drinking more water than normal?

3.      Watch your dog’s attitude.  Are they lethargic or cranky?

4.      Move a footstool or chair slightly.  Does your dog bump into the moved furniture?  This could indicate blindness or poor vision.

5.      Does your dog pee more often than normal?  If they are fully housebroken, do they sometimes pee inside the house?

Weekly Monitoring

  1. Weigh your dog and compare it to last week’s weight.  If the weight has increased, the blood glucose may be low.  If the weight has decreased, the blood glucose may be too high.  Call your veterinarian with any weight changes.
  2. Collect a small sample of your dog’s urine.  Test it for ketones.  If they are positive, call your veterinarian immediately.  This could indicate the onset of a condition known as ketoacidosis and only a veterinarian can treat this serious (even deadly) condition.

Word Of Caution

No changes should be made to insulin dosing or any other medication based on what you are observing in your dog without first consulting your veterinarian.

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