Diabetes is a common disease in dogs, and it is a serious, but treatable, condition. Although any breed can be affected by dog diabetes, it is most commonly seen in Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Miniature Schnauzers, Keeshonden, and Poodles. The average onsite of this disease is 6 – 9 years, and there are a number of symptoms to look for that can indicate dog diabetes.
At Germantown Vet, our highly trained veterinarians have the skills and expertise to diagnose and treat your furry family member—and we don’t mean Uncle Ralph. At our state-of-the-art facility, we have the tools necessary to provide the most cutting edge care for your dog.
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What Is Dog Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is the result of an inadequate production of insulin by the islet cells in the pancreas, and there may be a genetic predisposition for this in some dogs. Just like in humans, insulin enables glucose to pass into your dog’s cells so it can be metabolized to produce energy. When your dog has an insulin deficiency it results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (high urine sugar).
Diabetes can lead to a host of medical concerns for your canine, including eye problems, nerve damage, digestion problems, dehydration, neurological problems, and more. It’s very important to learn the warning signs of dog diabetes and have your pet diagnosed so a treatment plan can be implemented.
Dog Diabetes Symptoms
There are a couple of early symptoms of dog diabetes that you should be looking for in your pet, particularly when they are between 6 – 9 years old. They include:
- Frequent urination & drinking a lot of water – Glycosuria causes dogs to excrete large volumes of urine, causing dehydration. This will also lead to your pup drinking large amounts of water.
- Large appetite & unexplained weight loss – When your dog isn’t metabolizing enough sugar, he or she will experience an increase in appetite; however, the disease can cause malnourishment and the appetite may drop.
In more severe or advanced cases of dog diabetes, some symptoms could include:
- Loss of appetite
Unfortunately, dog diabetes is a disease that will affect every organ in your pet’s body. At Germantown Vet, our experienced veterinarians can test the level of glucose in your dog’s blood and urine to successfully diagnose your pet.
Treating Dog Diabetes
Your dog’s treatment plan will be carefully crafted by one of our experienced veterinarians after a careful assessment of your pet’s weight, health, diet, and the severity of his or her condition. Most commonly, dietary control and daily insulin injections can regulate dog diabetes. These insulin injections can be performed at home, and our vets can explain how to safely prepare and administer your pet’s medication.
Visit Germantown Vet for Dog Diabetes
Do you want to learn more about dog diabetes and diagnosing or treating your pet? Call Germantown Vet to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained vets can help you care for your dog and improve the quality of his or her life.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule an appointment to diagnose or treat your dog’s diabetes.
About Germantown Vet
When we opened our doors in 1983, we were the first veterinary clinic in Germantown, MD—and today, Germantown Vet is proud to be the largest, best equipped, and most well-staffed animal hospital in upper Montgomery County. When you visit our state-of-the-art facility, your dog, cat, or pocket pet will receive exemplary care from our esteemed team of veterinarians and technicians.
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19911 Father Hurley Blvd
Germantown, MD 20874