Diabetes in Dogs
Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the endocrine system. It is caused by a deficiency of insulin -- the hormone that regulates how sugar is absorbed and utilized by the cells and tissues of the body. It is the most common hormonal disorder in dogs. Highest occurrences are found in dogs between the ages of 5 to 7, and female dogs appear to be more susceptible. Most affected dogs are obese.
Common Symptoms -- Dogs with diabetes frequently:
- drink more water
- go to the bathroom more frequently (may start to urinate in the house)
- begin to lose weight
- Have increased occurrence of urinary tract infections
Next Steps: Though there is no cure for diabetes, treatment includes daily injections of insulin and a careful change in diet. An increased awareness of your dog's intake as well as feeding schedule is essential. Foods high in fiber and protein, with restricted fats and carbohydrates are best. What they eat and when they eat it will affect the dog's sugar/insulin levels.
Recommended Supplements: Always contact your veterinarian first, but generally a diabetic dog supplement should combine the right herbs and other natural ingredients to help regulate blood sugar. This will help manage your dog's insulin requirements and slow their metabolic rate. A good diabetic dog supplement should contain items like brewers yeast to help the dog to use blood glucose more effectively, garlic to stimulate digestive function, and kelp, which is another digestive aid.