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I’m worried because my diabetic dog won’t eat.

Unlike the insulin prescribed for people, which is usually self-administered as needed, allowing people to vary when, what and how much they eat, insulin for dogs is generally given at set times each day in a longer acting, slower release format. This is generally the easiest and most effective way to manage insulin-dependent diabetes in […]

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How long can a dog live after being diagnosed with diabetes?

Dogs with diabetes can live a happy life without any symptoms of their disease, but it does require effort on your part. If you are able to give your dog insulin, diabetes may not affect life expectancy. “If they live past the first three months, they do really well. Excluding dogs that don’t make it […]

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Dog diabetes increased 79.7 percent in a decade.

The prevalence of diabetes mellitus in dogs increased from 13.1 cases per 10,000 in 2006 to 23.6 cases per 10,000 in 2015—a 79.7 percent increase. After confirming a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus and determining whether a pet has other health concerns, a veterinarian will most likely begin treatment with diet modification and insulin injections. Management […]

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Pet Obesity Remains a Serious Health Threat

U.S. pet obesity rates remained relatively unchanged in 2018, with 59.5% of cats and 55.8% of dogs classified as overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During the 11th annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals were confused by conflicting pet nutritional advice and continue to struggle […]

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What you shouldn’t feed your dog during the holidays… or at any time.

Dr. Tina Wismer, senior director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, advises that foods high in fat like avocado, coconut/coconut oil, nuts, citrus, milk and other forms of dairy can upset your dog’s stomach. Eggs, meat and bones that are not fully cooked can also cause salmonella and e-coli. On the extreme end, certain sweeteners can cause liver […]

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Diabetes Symptoms in Dogs

The following are signs that your dog may be diabetic: Change in appetite Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption Weight loss Increased urination Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath Lethargy Dehydration Urinary tract infections Vomiting Cataract formation, blindness Chronic skin infectionsLearn more at Common Dog Diseases

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Food as Fuel for Diabetic Dogs

Your veterinarian will determine how many calories your dog needs every day, based on his weight and activity level. Once you know that number, it’s important to keep a close eye on what he eats and how much. Researchers are still exploring what diet is best for dogs with diabetes. Most vets recommend a high-fiber, […]

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The glucose–insulin connection

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can affect dogs and cats and other animals (including apes, pigs, and horses) as well as humans. Although diabetes can’t be cured, it can be managed very successfully. Diabetes mellitus, or “sugar diabetes,” is the type of diabetes seen most often in dogs. It is a metabolism disorder. Metabolism refers to […]

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Is diabetes reversible in dogs?

“Most diabetic dogs are similar to humans with Type 1 diabetes; their pancreas is unable to make enough insulin,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of AAH.  Unfortunately diabetes is not curable in dogs, and the vast majority of diabetic dogs require insulin injections for life once diagnosed. However, addressing underlying causes, as well as […]

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Is Your Dog or Cat at Risk for Diabetes?

Take the quiz and find out, then follow up with your vet for any next steps. Go to the quiz.

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