You may be surprised to learn dogs can develop diabetes, which relates to how the body reacts to or produces the hormone insulin. Dogs most frequently develop Type I diabetes, and if your dog has this disease, he will need insulin to live.
Although we don’t yet know why dogs — or humans — develop diabetes, certain risk factors make it more likely. Obesity, autoimmune disease and certain medications are related to it, in addition to pancreatitis and genetics. Some breeds, including Australian terriers, schnauzers and poodles, are also more likely to develop it. Regardless of why your dog has diabetes, he will need treatment. But with the right care, your dog can thrive for years after diagnosis.
How much treatment your dog needs depends on how ill he is when your vet diagnosis diabetes. Seriously ill dogs may need hospitalization, while others may get stronger with oral medication and a high-fiber diet. Many dogs will need hormone injections since dogs with Type I diabetes are unable to make their own insulin.
Your vet will give these injections at first, but eventually you … Read Entire Post