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Can Dogs Get Diabetes? Diabetic Dog Treatment

(May 5, 2010)

Dogs are said to be a man’s best friend and bring a lot of joy and happiness to a person’s life. Their health is important and should be taken care of as they are prone to getting a number of health problems. Dog diabetes is one such problem that is very common and efforts need to be taken by you to keep it under control. Pet owners might get frightened if they get their dog diagnosed with diabetes as it is a death signal; however, most dogs live for years after getting diabetes if the sugar is controlled. Fat dogs are at a greater risk of getting diabetes with female dogs having an even higher susceptibility to get it especially if they are between 6 to 9 years of age. Also, certain breed of dogs like terriers, beagles and Samoyed are more likely to get diabetes. Diabetic dog symptoms are great in number that can be observed in your dog and include a lot of drinking, frequent urination, an increase in appetite, loss of weight, dehydration and formation of cataract all of a sudden to name a few. If diabetes prolongs for a long time without any dog diabetes treatment, it can lead to the dog developing ketosis in which case the body begins to break fat in the body to use as energy.   

Diagnosis is made with a series of blood and urine tests that are conducted by the veterinarian. Dog diabetes diet becomes of crucial importance after this as it is mainly controlled by the kind of food that is fed to them and insulin may also be given to the dogs to treat the condition. Their diet should consist of a lot of fiber as fiber helps to maintain the glucose in the blood. Dog diabetes food will be that food that does not elevate the glucose levels in the blood but will help to keep it in control. It should contain less sugar; sodium as well as carbohydrates and most of the soft and moist dog food that you get contain high amounts of carbohydrates and thus, should be avoided. Feeding them homemade dog food is the best recommended option where you should consult the veterinarian about the nutritional requirements or you can even feed them dry dog food once you check the contents. Also, if your dog is overweight, he needs to be fed food that is low in calories and fats. 
Submitted by N M on May 5, 2010 at 06:31


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