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6 Danger Signs That Your Dog May be Diabetic

Canine diabetes is a killer. A silent, deadly disease that can often sneak up on unsuspecting owners with alarming speed.

Recognising the symptoms of diabetes can lead to early detection and the implementation of a management plan.

6 Signs That Your Dog May Have Diabetes

Drinking more
If you find your dog is suddenly more thirsty and is significantly increasing their water intake, this is a key signal to visit the vet. Drinking more and excessive thirst is a signal for many canine ailments, diabetes being one of them.

Lethargy
Is your dog less bouncy and exuberant than normal? Lethargy – sudden onset of lack of energy – can be a warning sign to problem conditions.

Panting
If you find your dog is suddenly panting more for no apparent reason, it's certainly worthwhile to ask for an assessment from your vet. Find out more about why dogs pant.

Weight Gain
Sudden weight gain in dogs is not always as a result of too many calories or not enough exercise (although that is the primary reason why dogs gain weight). If your dog has shown a sudden increase in weight, this could be an early warning sign of canine diabetes.

Sudden Urination in the Home
If your formally well house trained dog is suddenly going to the toilet in the home, this can be a symptom of health problems related to the bladder or kidneys. It's also one of the key symptoms of early stage diabetes in dogs.

Frequency of Urination
Is your dog asking to go out to the toilet more often than usual? This can be common in older dogs but a sudden desire to urinate more is also a symptom of diabetes. Again, ask to see your vet and keep a record of any health or behavioural changes that could assist your veterinarian.

Canine diabetes is manageable. Early detection offers the best chance of implementing the best management plan should your dog be diagnosed with diabetes.

If you'd like a more in depth report on diabetes in dogs – click here.

 

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One Response to “6 Danger Signs That Your Dog May be Diabetic”

  1. john cavill
    May 1, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    our dane was diabetic it took a long time for vets to find it but one sign was hair loss

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