Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs

By February 23, 2015 March 2nd, 2015 diabetes, Dogs


This past week two of my patients were diagnosed with this disease. In our educational pet health articles, the disease and treatment are discussed. Click here to read https://pets-ahoy.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=744

The breeds commonly diagnosed for diabetes are Cocker spaniels, Poodles, Yorkie terriers and Schnauzers. Other breeds may also become diabetic, but these 4 breeds of dogs over represented diabetics.

My patients came into my other hospital with the owners stating that they were drinking excessive amounts of water and going outside more frequently to urinate. I explained to the owners these symptoms may be caused by diabetes, renal failure, liver disease, cushings disease or a urinary tract infection.

Blood tests and urinalysis were performed and the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus was made. If the patient’s blood work showed any abnormalities other then the high level of blood glucose, more tests would have been performed. Further testing would determine if there was any other underlying disease which would make it difficult to treat the diabetic patient.

Diabetes is a controllable disease in dogs as long as the owner is totally committed to treating their pet. Click here to learn more about treating a diabetic dog, pet-health-articles/articles/?rid=746  or watch the educational video regarding this disease found in our websites pet health library  https://pets-ahoy.com/pet-health-resources/pet-health-videos/?actvideo=92251451

Dogs with diabetes mellitus can live a fairly normal life. Some complications may be blindness from developing cataracts, low blood glucose from giving too much insulin, ketoacidosis from not giving adequate amounts of insulin, insulin intolerance resulting in the patients inability to utilize the insulin. Most of these complications may be resolved with additional care.

If your dog is diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and you have questions regarding their treatment, please call the Pets Ahoy Animal Hospital. Our doctors will try to help find the answers to your questions.

From the other side of the exam table,

Dr. Gloria Williams


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