Sometimes pet owners don't pay enough attention to their furry friends and symptoms of diabetes in dog remain unnoticed. This is dangerous because untreated canine diabetes can lead to blindness and can even be lethal. The symptoms of diabetes in dogs are very similar to those of diabetes in humans because after all, they are determined by the same condition: too much blood sugar. It is recommended to observe the pet's behavior and if you notice one or more of the symptoms, to make an appointment with a veterinary.
The first symptom of canine diabetes is the fact that the dog drinks more water that usual. This is a symptom that can easily pass unnoticed by the owner, especially if the dog increases the water consumption gradually. It is caused by the body's attempt to get rid of the glucose excess. Its direct consequence is another symptom of canine diabetes, frequent urination. This is sure going to be noticed by the owner because he dog will go out more often or will even start to urinate in the house. Other symptoms of diabetes in dogs include weight loss, tiredness, infections that don't respond to treatment, and an acetone breath odor.
If a dog that is normally energetic and lively suddenly becomes lethargic and sleepy, you need to start looking for other symptoms and to take the pet to the veterinary. It might be a sign of diabetes if your dog is not playing around anymore or if he or she seems to sleep the entire day. If the dog starts losing weight although his or hers appetite is the same or even higher, you really need to be concerned. Although unexplainable weight loss can have a lot of causes, canine diabetes is the most common one.
With the onset of diabetes, dogs also become less resistant to infections. Diabetes is signaled by infections of the urinary tract or of the gums that, even if correctly treated, won't go away or keep on reappearing.
Sometimes there might be no symptoms of diabetes in dogs. The diabetes will start to affect the body functions is a slow and gradual manner and the owners only notice when it is too late. As a preventive measure against canine diabetes, it’s always good to keep your pet’s weight under control, to feed him or her canned food and to make sure he or she is having enough physical activity.