Diabetes and Dogs
Diabetes can be such a scary diagnoses when you don’t arm yourself with information. If your dog receives this diagnosis, all is not lost. First we need to know how which dogs are more likely to get diabetes and what we can do to help stop this.
As humans become more sedentary, sometimes our pets do as well. It is vitally important to keep your dog active by taking walks and playing, all dogs need exercise, some more than others.
The major risk factors to know are:
- Age (middle-aged to older dogs are more affected)
- Unspayed females
The breeds that are more susceptible to contracting diabetes are:
- Cocker Spaniels
- Doberman Pinschers
- German Shepherds
- Golden Retrievers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Toy Poodles
You will notice when treating your dog, you may use many of the same treatments that are being used on humans (insulin injections and glucose testing items).
It is important to know that dogs who live with untreated diabetes can develop cataracts and eventually go blind. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, take them to the vet and get tested, as early detection is the best defense and can prolong the life of your loved one.
For more information on diabetes, click here.
Posted on August 22, 2012, in Health, Tips, Uncategorized and tagged blindness, diabetes, diabetes and dogs, diabetes in dogs, dog, dogs, glucose, health, insulin, obesity, pet health. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.