Diabetes in Dogs

Detection & Diagnosis

Attention to Details

No one knows your dog better than you do. Diabetes can cause visible changes in your dog's behavior and health. It is important that your dog be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian at least once a year. For dogs as risk, more frequent visits may be advised.

Signs of Canine Diabetes

Knowing the signs of diabetes is the first step in protecting your dog's health. If any of these signs apply to your pet, bring your dog to your veterinarian for a checkup:

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Urinates frequently or large amounts
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Drinks a lot of water
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Always hungry
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Weight loss
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Cloudy eyes
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Sleeps more or is less active

"I was going out to pee a lot. I didn’t think it was a big deal, but Sugar told me to go the vet – best decision ever!"


A Visit to Your Veterinarian

If your dog shows signs of diabetes, your veterinarian will ask about them, and check your dog’s general health to rule out the possibility of other conditions or infections.

Your veterinarian will first test your dog for the presence of glucose and ketones in the urine. If indicated, the next step is to measure your dog’s blood glucose concentration. The diagnosis only becomes definite when glucose is found both in the urine and at a high level in the blood.

Talk to Your Vet Today

Find a veterinarian to learn more about pet diabetes, and how cats and dogs can lead a happy, healthy life with proper management.

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