Symptoms and Treatment of
  Canine Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs Symptoms & Treatment

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Diabetes Mellitus

Canine Diabetes Mellitus is a disorder in dogs where their bodies are deficient in the production of insulin or insensitive to it. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and helps regulate blood concentrations of glucose. Symptoms of Canine Diabetes Mellitus become worse as the disease progresses. Although there are cases of animals recovering from having diabetes, there is no miracle cure. Treatment revolves around control and diet and our helpful guides give lots of useful information to help you and your pet lead a near normal life.

Diabetes Mellitus Symptoms

  • 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.

In addition, diabetic animals tend to lose weight despite an increased appetite because they breakdown stores of fat and protein to make glucose and ketones in the liver. The dog may become lethargic with little interest in anything except sleeping. All of these symptoms together are definitely cause for concern and expert diagnosis should be obtained from you vet at the earliest opportunity.

Diabetes Mellitus (sugar diabetes) is a progressive disease and the symptoms become more serious and debilitating. The animal becomes dehydrated and anorexic and may experience an increase in infections. Many diabetic dogs develop cataracts which can make them almost blind.

Causes of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

There are several ways in which dogs can develop diabetes mellitus but a common myth that feeding a dog dry dog food or vegetarian diets is simply unfounded.

Millions of dogs are fed on a diet of dried food every single day without developing diabetes and there are dogs who reach ripe old age on a vegetarian diet without so much of a hint of diabetes.

Nutrition does play an important part in the well-being of any animal and although there is much speculation that diabetes in dogs is on the increase because of the change in pace of our lives, little evidence of a direct coalition exists.

There are several known causes, which have been well documented; these include infectious viral diseases, hyperadrenocorticism, acromegaly and pancreatitis, but it is also known that certain breeds and bloodlines of dogs are more susceptible to this disease than others, bearing out the theory that, as in humans, it can be hereditary and that certain changes, particularly hormonal, can be the trigger for the onset of the des ease.

Prescribed drugs, such as steroids and reproductive hormones may also be causes, but less research has been done in these fields to give definitive answers.

Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

The first step in treatment is getting a full diagnosis from your vet. Treatments do vary from animal to animal but largely the treatment is similar to that of humans, insulin and diet control.

Much more research has been done into human diabetes than into animal diabetes and whilst some oral treatments are available for dogs, these are often far less effective. Insulin injections have a success rate of over 90 percent and are favored by most vets as the most effective form of treatment.

Get our Canine Diabetes Care Plan for a more detailed examination.