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My Dog Has Diabetes. Now What?

  Diabetes is becoming more common in people and pets alike. Experts say that one in every 300-400 dogs and cats seen by a veterinarian will be diagnosed with diabetes. The reason this could be is that our pets are living longer and are being fed more, lest leading to obesity. In dogs, diabetes mellitus is caused by an auto-immune disease that attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Without enough insulin the blood glucose (sugar) levels rise. Obese dogs are more prone to the disease because being overweight is often associated with insulin resistance.

   Some common signs of diabetes are excessive drinking and urinating, weight loss and loss of vision. If your dog shows any of these signs, please schedule an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Early detection is certainly key.

  If your dog is diagnosed with diabetes please do not despair! Blood sugar (glucose) monitors are now available for you to test levels at home in a more relaxed environment. With some coaching from your veterinarian and a little practice,both the blood testing and insulin injections are quite simple for you to do. The injections are painless for your pet so not to worry about that. Be sure to feed a high-quality low-fat diet,and exercise your pet regularly. Prescription diets are available at most veterinary hospitals to help diabetic animals specifically. Remember diabetes is a disease you can successfully manage in your dog. If you work closely with your veterinarian you can provide a good quality of life for your dog for many years to come. Our pet are our family and there are many things we can do to keep them around for a long while!!

Source by Pamela Coop

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