Like humans, dogs too can be afflicted with diabetes. Most commonly female dogs in the middle of their lives are diagnosed with this disease when their pancreas slowly declines in the amount of insulin it is producing. Insulin is a hormone that is essential to having a healthy metabolism that works correctly.
The most common symptom you will see in a canine with onset diabetes is excessive thirst. However, this is not a surefire way to know your dog has diabetes, as increased thirst is also associated with a number of pet ailments. If your pet is acting lethargic however in association with being way thirstier, you may be closer to making a diabetes diagnosis.
Again, just like humans, the treatment for diabetes requires injecting your pet with shots of insulin to replace that which the pancreas is not making. It is imperative to visit the vet as soon as you suspect your dog may be diabetic as you will need a professional to determine how much and how often your pet will be receiving the insulin. Overweight dogs should also be put on a low calorie diet to improve their overall health and to regulate glucose levels in the blood.
If you are concerned about your pet’s health and think they may be suffering from diabetes, call the Mobile Vet of Tulsa today. Kristie Plunkett is a talented and caring veterinarian who will give your pet the utmost treatment. Get your dog back to a healthy state and make sure he/she is around for years to come!