Diabetes Mellitus Is A Serious Disease In Dogs

Diabetes is brought about by the inability of the body to control the blood sugar level.Chronically high levels of blood sugar can eventually cause the manifestation of clinical signs of diabetes. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for the condition. The good news is it can be managed; with proper treatment, dogs with diabetes can have normal lives. Without treatment, serious complications can set in and can have adversely affect the dog’s health and well-being. The main symptoms of diabetes in dogs include increased thirst and increased urination, unexplained weight loss, normal or increased appetite that may decline as the problem progresses, unkempt and dry hair coat, cataract, and lethargy. 

Several risk factors have been identified in dogs. A primary risk factor is a genetic predisposition to diabetes. Some canine breeds like pugs, miniature schnauzers, miniature poodles, toy poodles, and samoyeds have been observed to suffer diabetes at a higher rate compared to other breeds. The problem appears to be diagnosed more often in female dogs than males. Damage to the pancreas brought about by pancreatitis has also been identified as an important risk factor. 

Work with your vet Washington DC in managing your pet’s diabetes symptoms.


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