Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs
Just like in humans, diabetes in dogs is serious, but manageable. Your dog can develop diabetes if she has the following conditions:
- Genetic predisposition - females are twice as likely to develop diabetes
- Poor nutrition
- Hormonal abnormalities
If your dog appears weak or thirsty, frequently urinates, experiences rapid weight loss, is depressed, or has abdominal pain, she could be diabetic.
This condition is usually caused by damage to the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for producing the proper amount of insulin to control sugar levels. If your dog's pancreas is damaged, long-term and potentially life-threatening symptoms could occur and must be managed.
While there is no cure for diabetes mellitus, veterinarians recognize it can be controlled with insulin, exercise and proper nutrition. Fiber is key in managing the disease because moderate to high-levels of fiber lower insulin requirements and blood glucose levels. Fiber also makes the body more responsive to insulin.
It's also important to be consistent in the food you feed your pet. Feeding a veterinarian-recommended food with a consistent nutrient profile will help keep your dog's metabolism level stable so she can stay healthy.
For an accurate diagnosis and treatment options, always consult your veterinarian.