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Posted on 11-21-2017

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Diabetes?

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Here at Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles, we understand how frightening it can be if you suspect your dog has diabetes. However, the first point we want to reiterate is that you shouldn’t panic! While it is a complex health problem, it can be completely manageable, so your four-legged pal can live a healthy and happy life. Read on to learn more from our veterinarians about the signs and treatment options that you need to be aware of if you think your dog has diabetes.

Common Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes occurs in dogs due to the same reasons humans do: a lack of insulin or an inadequate bodily response to its presence, which results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Left untreated, diabetes in dogs can wreak havoc on their systems and cause an array of serious health complications. Have your dog examined by our veterinarians if you notice any of these conditions:

  • Appetite Changes
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Weight Loss/Weight Gain
  • Increased Urination
  • Fruity or Sweet Smelling Breath
  • Signs of Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic Skin Infections
  • Cataract Formation
  • Lethargy or Signs of Dehydration

We can typically diagnose or rule out diabetes rather quickly with an in-office visit to Century Veterinary Group. Beyond examining the physical signs you report, we’ll run urinalysis and blood panel to quickly confirm your pet’s status. If your dog has diabetes, we’ll discuss treatment options with you right away.

Treatment for Diabetes in Dogs

If your pet is in a state of crisis, whether it is due to diabetic shock or another condition, our priority is to stabilize. However, if your pet has just been diagnosed, we will implement a treatment plan based upon the severity of their symptoms and the lab test results. Most often with canine diabetes, which is similar to Type I, or Juvenile Diabetes in people, the diabetes is Insulin dependent. Therefore, daily injections of insulin to normalize blood glucose levels will be required for diabetes management.

Our veterinarians will give you specific advice concerning your pet’s special needs and how to care for them properly at home. We will show you how to perform glucose checks and how to administer your pet’s insulin injections. Our doctors may recommend changing their feeding schedules to coincide with insulin injections and might recommend a high fiber diet that helps balance glucose levels naturally. We recommend that you bring your dog in for regular checkups for management purposes, as this therapy may need to be occasionally altered throughout your pet’s lifetime.

Contact Our Veterinarians in Los Angeles for Dog Diabetes Diagnosis & Treatment

For more than three decades Century Veterinary Group has been providing top-notch animal care in Los Angeles, CA and the surrounding communities. If you suspect your dog has diabetes, don’t delay—contact us today at 310-734-0176 to schedule an immediate appointment.

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