Gestational Diabetes in Bitches
Canine Gestational Diabetes occurs when a female dog is pregnant and her body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use the insulin it produces correctly.
This type of diabetes has the same symptoms as Canine Diabetes Mellitus and the treatment is similar; diet and exercise and/or with insulin injections. The Prognosis is very good as unlike Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes usually goes away after the dog gives birth.
As with any disease, it is important to let your dog know it is loved, especially while it is sick. This along with remaining on a strict schedule is important, especially when giving the insulin injections. Although there is no cure for Canine Diabetes, it can be controlled with proper treatment, diet and exercise, allowing the dog to live a more comfortable life. With an owner who sticks to the schedule and a veterinarian who does his part, as well as a positive response to the treatment prescribed, the dog will have the opportunity to live for many years.
Gestational Diabetes Symptoms
For a pregnant female dog the symptoms are very similar to Canine Diabetes Mellitus and with prompt treatment it usually goes away after the bitch gives birth to her pups.
- Excessive drinking and urinating.
- Pail almost clear urine color.
- Weight loss despite increased appetite.
One of the earliest signs is that the dog will want to urinate more frequently and may even do so in the house. Owners of older dogs that develop diabetes often mistake these symptoms for incontinence when in fact it is due to the dog drinking excessively due to great thirst.
All of these symptoms together are definitely cause for concern and although canine gestational diabetes often goes away after the pups are born if treated an expert diagnosis should be obtained from your vet at the earliest opportunity.