What is the life expectancy of a diabetic dog? Many of these dogs who die from diabetes often do so too early, before it can be properly controlled. These dogs also often tend to have many other ailments that complicate their treatment or make them extremely sick.
What can you expect in the first few weeks after your canine diabetes is diagnosed? Many times the symptoms will go unnoticed. Many times your vet will just take your pet for regular check ups and then advise you that the diabetes has gotten worse. When this happens it is important to have your dog seen by a specialist as soon as possible.
Canine diabetes in dogs can be managed with a change in diet, daily insulin injections and/or a surgery. If the diabetes is in the pancreas then your vet will usually recommend insulin injections. There are two types of insulin injections, injection type and dietary insulin. Dietary insulin comes in powder form and must be mixed with a premade formula. Some dogs that have diabetes will have difficulty swallowing powder so if this is the case it may be best to use the injection form.
If the insulin is being given intravenously then the dog’s blood will be drawn at the site of the injection. The blood will then be tested for glucose (sugar) levels. High blood sugar levels indicate that your dog has too much glucose in his blood. High levels of glucose can lead to renal failure (inability to use the kidney) and liver damage if too much glucose reaches into the liver. In dogs that have diabetes too much insulin is dangerous because when the pancreas does not have enough glucose to keep it operating, the cells do not function properly and the dog can suffer many medical issues.
Dietary changes are very important if you have type 2 diabetes in dogs. Often it is not always possible to make the necessary changes in a dog’s diet that will result in a proper nutrition plan. Your veterinarian may suggest a special diabetes diet or even insulin. These types of diets are usually only used in very extreme cases.
Hypoglycemia is a medical condition that is often associated with diabetes. It occurs when the body is unable to absorb enough glucose (a sugar) to maintain normal body temperature and is characterized by abnormal bleeding as well as thirst. Dogs suffering from hypothyroidism have high levels of cortisol in their blood. Diabetes and hypothyroidism often occur together because both diseases involve problems with insulin management.
Many dogs that are diagnosed with diabetes may also be suffering from another disorder. Obesity is a common problem in dogs that are also being treated for diabetes. If a dog is overweight it may be prone to many health issues including heart disease, arthritis, cancer, stress-related kidney failure, liver disease, and joints problems. The older a dog gets the more chance that it will have experienced many years of disease and fatigue. Dogs that are obese have very low energy levels, are often very depressed, and may exhibit behavior problems.
Dogs that are diagnosed with diabetes need to be carefully monitored because not following a special diet plan can have disastrous effects on their health. There are many different types of diets that can affect the effectiveness of treatments for pancreatitis in dogs. A dog that is receiving an expensive and complicated treatment for pancreatitis is better off avoiding a poorly carbohydrate diet and getting back to its old diet as soon as possible.