According to a recent estimate, over 1.4 million dogs in the US suffer from diabetes mellitus, a condition wherein the blood sugar ( glucose ) levels in the dog are higher and beyond sustainable levels.
When a dog eats, his body is supposed to produce insulin from the pancreases, which would aid in the further digestion of the food. But, if his body is unable to produce the substance, it could lead to the formation of a condition called as hyperglycemia, which is a very serious condition, if left untreated.
Hence, it’s important to understand the various symptoms and signs, as shown by dogs, when they contract diabetes. Also, it is important to note that the spike in blood sugar levels isn’t curable, but could only be managed. Seven such symptoms, pertaining to the dog contracting diabetes, have been enunciated below, for easier referencing.
1. Excessive thirst.
The dog may go on – all that you can drink mode, he would finish off each and every water bowl, one after the other, and still would be asking for more.
2. Increased urination.
Also, the dog may expect it’s master to take him out more often, and could also be prone to relieving himself within the confines of the house, something that he may have never done before. Increased urination ( and thirst ) happens as the body is trying to rid itself of excessive sugar, usually sending it out through the urinary tract, as it gets bonded to the water.
3. Weight loss.
The dog could undergo weight loss. This could be attributed to the fact that his body isn’t efficiently converting the nutrients gained from food, and would be releasing them as it is.
4. Change in appetite.
Depending on the stage of diabetes that the dog suffers from, he may either undergo an increased appetite or could shun food completely. This could be attributed to the fact that his body cells aren’t getting the requisite amount of glucose, even after consuming the portions that he would normally do.
Another symptom which shows up during advanced stages of diabetes. This results in a feeling of constant retching in the dogs, and also a continued stream of vomiting. If not treated in earnest, it could lead to the dog falling fatally sick.
6. Chronic Skin Infections.
If the dog undergoes a slew of skin infections, which just won’t go away, even after the initial stages of treatment, then it could also be a cause for concern, as that may be a symptom of diabetes.
Also, if the dog isn’t at his active best, the way he usually is, then he could be suffering from the initial stages of diabetes. As have been asserted above, if the body isn’t able to properly process the nutrients that it receives, then it would have no glucose, and a dearth of glucose leads to a lack of energy seeping in.
What type of dog is prone to diabetes?
Well, any dog which is obese; is in the twilight years of his life or is a female is highly susceptible to contracting diabetes. Also, some breeds are more at risk, when compared to others, due to their genus and cellular structure.