Does my dog have diabetes?
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Like humans, dogs can also have diabetes, a common endocrine disorder, especially in middle-aged or older dogs. In this case, the importance of detecting the disease is very relevant to start a treatment.
Characteristics of diabetes in dogs
This disease occurs when the dog’s body cannot produce insulin or does not use it correctly, which makes it have too high blood sugar levels, endangering their health.
There are two types of canine diabetes, type 1 diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, which is when the dog’s pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Therefore, insulin must be given for life as a treatment.
We also find Type 2 diabetes or non-insulin dependent diabetes. This case happens when there is enough insulin, but the body of the animal can not use it properly or when the pancreas produces it, but not in the necessary quantity.
Symptoms that our dog may have diabetes
The symptoms of diabetes in a dog are directly linked to the overproduction of glucose and a dog can show a large number of different symptoms that must be taken into account.
- The dog shows up with very little activity and tired. (Letargia)
- Eat much more than before it does not get fat. (Polyphagya)
- Urinates very often and in large quantities. (Polyuria)
- Drink much more water than usual. (Polydipsia)
- Cataracts can form in the eyes and even loss of vision. The cataracts are irreversible and in the worst cases, they evolve very quickly. Normally, they usually appear after 5 or 6 months after the disease is diagnosed.
Do not forget other symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, having a swollen abdomen, seizures, etc. Do not forget to take the dog to the veterinary review when the professionals recommend it, your dog will thank you.