How to tell if pets have diabetes

(Last Updated On: June 2, 2014)

es pets can have diabetes too the same way we humans do and it’s a rapidly growing problem. The most common type of diabetes in pets are type I; which is a lack of insulin production. Dogs with type I diabetes require insulin to survive. In Cats type II is predominant and the problem is the lack of response to insulin. It is important to understand, however, that diabetes is considered a manageable disorder—and many diabetic dogs can lead happy, healthy lives. Dogs prone to diabetes are Australian terriers, standard and miniature schnauzers, dachshunds, poodles, keeshonds and Samoyeds. It is thought that obese dogs and female dogs may run a greater risk of developing diabetes later in life (6-9 years of age). The exact cause of diabetes is unknown. It is known however that autoimmune disease, genetics, obesity, chronic pancreatitis, certain medications and abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas can play a major role in the development of the disease.

Obesity is the most probable cause of diabetes type II in middle age pets or in his senior years. Lack of physical activity as in humans is also is a great catalyst for the onset of diabetes which leads to a inability of the body to use it efficiently. One great way we can help our pets not to become diabetics is to offer them controlled portions of nutritious foods free from adulterated proteins, healthy fats and supplements if necessary. Dogs and cats have no biological requirements for grains or most other carbohydrates. Unfortunately most industrialized pet foods contain about 80% worth of carbohydrates. This is an excess which will convert into sugar and our pets will be unable to process it thus leading to diabetes. Cats most likely get diabetes because so many of them have a kibble-only diet. Cats even more then dogs require less carbohydrates and dry kibbles are loaded with them. Another reason which contributes to this cat diet is that their owners have to be away for long hours and dry food will keep longer and can be placed on a bowl all day without spoiling. In addition to that cats have a very fussy appetite and taste so ounce they get used to eating dry foods they usually stay with the same diet or carbs for life, this is the beginning of a diminished quality of life. Another suspicious connection is the vaccines pets get.

Cat and DogThere is a growing body of evidence connecting autoimmune diseases with the onset of type II diabetes and especially in dogs. Pets can develop diabetes if their immune system attacks their own pancreas. Frequent vaccinations are great for your pet health in protecting against a host of diseases but the drawback is that it can over stimulate the immune system which can attack its own internal systems and organs. Repetitive immunizations should be avoided. Once your pet receive a set of immunizations it is likely he will be protected for a life time. Scheduled immunizations do nothing but put the immune system on overdrive. The recommendation is to consult a holistic veterinarian who can run titers and evaluate the response to antibodies from previous vaccinations. Titers will let us know if vaccinations are in fact necessary.

Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs are

  • Increased urination
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Chronic skin infections

    Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption

  • Weight loss
  • Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cataract formation, blindness


Videos… An integrative wellness veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker discusses pet diabetes.… Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian explains how the condition makes pets sick and the symptoms you should look for in your own dog or cat. Part 2/2



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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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