Di­a­betes in dogs

Myrtleford Times - - Regional Extra -

UN­FOR­TU­NATELY, like us, our dogs are able to de­velop di­a­betes.

Di­a­betes in dogs is in­sulin de­pen­dent and re­quires in­jec­tions of in­sulin once or twice a day to be ef­fec­tively con­trolled.

Di­a­betes at this time can­not be cured, but can be ef­fec­tively man­aged with the cor­rect in­sulin regime, diet and com­mit­ment from the dog’s own­ers.

Treat­ment re­quires own­ers to be able to give their pet an in­jec­tion once or twice ev­ery day as well as bring­ing them into the clinic pe­ri­od­i­cally to as­sess how well the cur­rent dose of in­sulin is working.

There is a sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial cost in­volved with treat­ment and this needs to be dis­cussed prior to a com­mit­ment be­ing made to treat the ill­ness. Treat­ment needs to be life­long. De­tect­ing di­a­betes ear­lier in the dis­ease process and be­gin­ning treat­ment at this time saves the dog from be­com­ing very sick from un­con­trolled di­a­betes.

This can be a life threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tion and also adds a sig­nif­i­cant amount to the cost of treat­ment as sta­bil­i­sa­tion from this point is dif­fi­cult and time con­sum­ing.

The clear­est sign that a dog has di­a­betes is a sud­den or grad­ual in­crease in thirst and uri­na­tion.

You may also no­tice that your pet has started hav­ing trou­ble con­trol­ling their blad­der and is hav­ing ac­ci­dents in the house or in­con­ti­nence while sleep­ing.

Di­a­betic dogs can lose weight, or gain weight as a re­sult of the dis­ease.

When they are be­com­ing sick from di­a­betes they will of­ten go off their food and may de­velop vom­it­ing, as con­cur­rent pan­cre­ati­tis is a com­mon rea­son for a sud­den crash in their well­ness.

If you have no­ticed an in­crease in your dog’s thirst it is a sim­ple mat­ter of hav­ing their blood sugar checked and a urine sam­ple tested to rule in or rule out di­a­betes.

Be­gin­ning treat­ment be­fore they be­come very un­well pro­vides a good prog­no­sis for man­age­ment of the dis­ease.

Tim Craig BVSc, vet­eri­nar­ian

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