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 /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 the Waterford hospital with the owners complaining 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
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 Pet Authority 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