Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes is a disease that affects more than just human beings. It can also affect dogs, cats and other animals. Much like humans with diabetes, dogs often endure the same course of treatment and are suseptible to the same problems of not having the disease under control. Such problems a dog can experience are a loss of vision, muscle deterioration, kidney failure and a host of others. Treatment for most dogs includes insulin injections and a special diet, which is much the same for humans.

Dr. Allison Hiers is a veterinarian at Trenton Animal Hospital in Trenton, Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida veterinary program in 2006 and said 3 percent of the dogs she sees at her practice usually have diabetes. The following lists are what she believes are the common causes, signs and symptoms of diabetes.

Causes of diabetes.

  1. Obesity
  2. Overweight but on the line of being obese
  3. Poor diet and lack of exercise
  4. Genetics

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Excessive thirst
  2. Hearty appetite
  3. Weight loss
  4. Constant urination
  5. Vomiting and diarrhea in most extreme cases