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Diabetes mellitus in a dog

Almost everyone has heard that there is such a disease as diabetes, but not every owner knows that diabetes mellitus in dogs also exists. It is the most common endocrine disorder. There is also a breed predisposition - often seen in poodles, dachshunds, various terriers, spitzers. The presence of diabetes obligates the purchase of diabetic alert dog supplies, which we will tell you more about.

Symptoms 

Not everyone knows how diabetes manifests itself. The very first symptoms are  increased thirst and urination, decreased appetite, vomiting and exhaustion. Increased appetite, diarrhea, excess weight, blindness and general weakness are also signs of diabetes.



Causes 

During diabetes, the pet's metabolism is impaired and blood glucose levels are elevated. This happens because the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin or stops secreting it. As a result, the organism's cells cannot get the hormone and stop absorbing glucose. The consequence is severe exhaustion and general weakness.

Causes of diabetes are often related to:

  • Overweight.
  • Pancreas problems.
  • Changes in hormonal background during pregnancy, heat, therapy.
  • Unbalanced diet.

Treatment 

The main components of treatment are:

  • Insulin therapy with constant monitoring of glucose level;
  • Correction of concomitant disorders, prevention and treatment of complications;
  • Lifestyle correction, diet.

Insulin therapy begins immediately after diagnosis and calculation of the dose. Remaining measures are carried out in parallel or after stabilization of glucose levels.

Be sure to purchase diabetic testing supplies for dogs - this will help you measure your pet's blood glucose levels daily. This involves test strips that show exactly what the blood sugar level is.


Diet

Food requirements for such dogs are different than for humans. It is very important to make sensible and logical decisions if you have a diabetic dog. Consult your veterinarian to see how your pet's current diet can be modified and what dog diabetic supplies to buy.

What to include in your diet:

  • Carbohydrates (starch and fiber),
  • Fats 
  • Calcium and vitamins (A, C, and E) proteins,
  • Magnesium, iron.

What to exclude from your diet:

  • Carbs (sugars),
  • Fats (polyunsaturated, mono-unsaturated),
  • Sodium,
  • Potassium.

Be sure to consult your veterinarian, because he will tell you if you need diabetic supplies for dogs. Frequent changes in the diet of a dog with diabetes are not desirable at all, as they can cause dramatic fluctuations in blood sugar levels. It is extremely important to feed a diabetic dog a consistent diet, with consecutive portions at the same time each day.

Blood sugar level measuring

If the animal has suspected or diagnosed diabetes, blood sugar levels should be measured every day. In severe cases, measurements should be taken at 4-6 hourly intervals or even hourly. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe measurements before and after feeding or when symptoms appear.

Regular testing allows for timely correction of abnormalities with medication - so vessels and tissues remain intact. Otherwise severe diabetic comorbidities develop, causing disability and early death of the pet.

To do this, you need to buy diabetic testing supplies for dogs - all the essentials for determining glucose levels. Our online store offers diabetic supplies for dogs. Only the best and proven manufacturers! If you need advice or have questions - we will be happy to answer them!