Managing a diabetic patient is not a science, it’s an art. It is a challenge that the dog parents have to face along with their pets. A needle becomes a lifesaver when your pooch is diagnosed with diabetes.
November is dedicated as the Pet’s Diabetic Month. To uphold the significance of this month, here is a detailed description about diabetes in dogs.
Diabetes in dogs is not much different from that in humans. A lifelong disease – diabetes, threatens the dog’s health. It occurs when the pet’s body does not produce enough insulin as required. Insulin is a hormone that that regulates the sugar levels in the furry pal’s body. The other reason of the onset of chronic disease can be body’s inadequate response to the production of insulin. According to a survey, diabetes is affecting one in every 160 dogs. Diabetes has no cure but it isn’t a reason to panic, but to manage this in the daily lives of the dog.
There are a few signs that might indicate the dog’s diabetic condition like:
• Increased urination
• Frequent drinking of water
• Increase in appetite
• Weight loss
In this alarming situation, when you get aware of your dog’s health status being diabetic, you must take extra efforts and make his rest of the life worth living. Being a pet parent, you need to learn and make your furry friend adjust to the new and healthy lifestyle as a diabetic patient.
Causes of diabetic condition in pets vary from age to genetic issues. Various breeds are more prone to becoming diabetic like Pugs, Fox terriers, Australian terriers and many more. Diet also contributes because if the dog is not on a healthy diet, he will become obese and obesity develops diabetes. Gender affects the diabetic condition as well. Female dogs and neutered male dogs are more susceptible to get diabetes. According to a survey, chronic pancreatitis compounds of 30% of the total causes due to which canines are affected by diabetes.
Few important tips to maintain a diabetic dog’s well-being are:
1. Insulin must be administered to the dog at the same time every day. Decide the time and feed him according to that schedule only.
2. Proper and regular exercise will help him be fresh as well as maintain weight. A nutritious well-balanced diet always contributes to the well-being of the pet.
3. Maintain the pooch’s intake of water. Always make fresh water accessible so he won’t drink from anywhere else.
4. Keep a track of the treatment with regard of diabetes in your pet. If your pooch has some other disease or health condition, discuss it with the vet.
Dogs add sweetness to your life and in return don’t make them taste the bitterness of medications but a healthy diet that’ll bear sweet results. Celebrate the month of November and spread the awareness regarding the Pet Diabetic Month.
So ensure that you have your dog checked at regular intervals to keep him healthy and fit.