Dogs suffer from many ailments the same way as human do and diabetes is one of them.
Female dogs have nearly twice the risk of developing diabetes when compare with male canine. Middle-old age dog also have chance of developing this diseases.
Other factors that cause this illness is poor diet for a long time, obesity, cortisone treatments, genetic predisposition and stress etc.
Dog diabetes symptoms
- Suddenly weak
- Unable to sleep
- Low energy level
- Excessive water consumption (polydipsia)
- Frequent urination (polyuria)
- Increased appetite (polyphagia)
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Rapid breathing
- breath have an odor of acetone
- Liver malfunction
- Cataracts (cloudy eyes)
Dog diabetes mellitus can be detect by doing urine analysis first then follow by blood tests. At first veterinarian will check your dog health to cut out other types of diseases that can cause false diagnosis. Veterinarian will then analyse urine for glucose because a diabetic dog will be spilling glucose into its urine. If an evidence of infection in the urinary tract is found then veterinarian will do the blood check to determine the level of sugar in blood. Normal blood sugar level for most dogs is around 70 – 150 mg/dl and dog that developed diabetes will have blood sugar level above 200 mg/dl.