It can be one of the worst days of your life to learn that your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes. There are even those dog owners among us who might feel that diabetes would mean the end of their treasured pet. But nothing could be further from the truth. Diabetes is quite manageable in canines, just as it is in humans. Studies show that with proper treatment, there is no significant impact or shortening of a diabetic dog’s lifespan.
Certainly, you will need to make changes to your dog’s life and become familiar with the process of administering injections of insulin, but with practice, it will all become second nature to you and your dog. The key is getting into a rhythm about feeding times, exercise, and insulin injections. Establishing a routine is necessary for your dog to get back on the right track, but it will also make it easier for you both to adjust to the new changes. For some pointers, check out K9diabetes.com.
The telltale signs that your dog may be developing diabetes are:
- Drinking much more water than is normal and eating more as well.
- Excessive urination.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Onset of cataracts.
If you notice any of the above symptoms, get your dog to the vet immediately for a blood test.
Diabetes can be a challenging disease to cope with in dogs, but if we, as human beings can overcome it, then we can certainly help our canine friends do the same.