What are the signs of diabetes in dogs? The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.
the family pooch is eating like a racehorse, drinking water like there
isn’t enough left on this blue planet, and requiring walk after walk to
relieve himself, something is wrong! What’s going on with your friend?
dog may have diabetes mellitis, the most common hormonal disorder of
dogs. The disease is caused by a lack of insulin, the hormone that
regulates how sugar is absorbed and used by cells and tissues in the
body. It most often afflicts dogs between the ages of five to seven and
female dogs are more susceptible than males. Obesity seems to be a risk
factor. So if you notice your pooch displaying signs of extreme hunger,
thirst or urination, contact your veterinarian. Diabetes is manageable!
– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM