Did you know that dogs can get Diabetes?
That’s correct - just like us humans, dogs too can develop Diabetes.
One of the common causes for Diabetes in dogs is obesity. Many dogs on a high fat diet are prone to contracting Pancreatitis which can then lead in the future to Diabetes.
Dogs can also develop a resistance to insulin when they are diagnosed with diseases like Cushings Disease or when they use long term medications like Prednisolone, which is a form of steroid. Female dogs, like women, can even develop Gestational Diabetes.
Know the signs:
There are many signs that your dog may have Diabetes.
Once under control, managing Diabetes in dogs is relatively easy. They are required to have insulin injections 12 hours apart, after they finish their meal. It is really important to ensure that your dog is on a diet with lots of nutrients and to make sure that you leave them plenty of water. As hard as it might be, diabetic dogs cannot have treats between meals, so no giving into their puppy dog eyes when preparing dinner! And if you can’t resist treats should be in the form of something healthy like cucumber and be given at meal time, feeding away from their insulin injection times can alter their sugar levels.
It is really important to be able to tell the signs of a sugar high or a sugar low and it is great to invest in a machine where you can test their blood sugars on a regular basis.
It is also really important to find a vet that is well educated in Animal Diabetes, there are even some vets who specialise solely in Animal Diabetes.
But one thing you can be certain of is that when holidaying, your dog will get the best level of care at We Love Dogs Kennel Resort, as we offer 7 star luxury accommodation for special medical needs, including the care of diabetic guests and with a manager living on site, insulin and other medications can be administered at any times required.