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Diabetes in dogs is amazingly similar in causes and symptoms as diabetes in humans. Dogs can develop two types of diabetes: Type one, in which the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin and Type two when the pancreas produces some insulin but the body doesn't use it as it should. In either case, the results of untreated diabetes in dogs can be permanent and severe. At Animal Hospital of Onslow County, we see diabetic dogs every month, and most owners find that once they get through the initial learning process, helping their dogs to live a full life can be a very doable proposition.
The only way to confirm if your dog has diabetes is a blood test. Our veterinarian team advises that there are a number of common signs and symptoms to watch for. If your pet has any of these symptoms for a period of more than a couple of days, bring it in to be tested. Things to watch for include:
Any dog can develop the disease, but some are more likely to suffer from diabetes than others. Later in life, female dogs and dogs that are overweight are thought to be more likely to develop the disease. In general, certain breeds tend to develop it more often than others, including Keeshonds and Samoyeds, Australian terriers, schnauzers, poodles, and dachshunds.
If diabetes is undiagnosed or left untreated, there can be serious consequences for the animal's health. It can cause cataracts, which can lead to blindness. It can mean an enlarged liver or urinary tract infections. It can cause kidney failure, seizures, and even ketoacidosis which is potentially life-threatening. Treatment for most diabetic dogs is relatively simple. Insulin injections, combined with exercise and a specialized diet, will control the symptoms and keep your dog safe and active. In addition, we recommend that all female dogs be spayed, as hormones in intact dogs can have an effect on blood sugar levels. We can spay and neuter any dog in our office on an outpatient basis.
Our veterinary team is dedicated to giving your pets the finest in veterinary care. Our Jacksonville office serves pets in Camp Lejeune, Midway Park, Maysville, Hubert, and the surrounding NC areas. Give us a call at (910) 353-1722 to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Corry has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets.
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