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Diabetes in Dogs

As a pet owner, you want to be aware of potential health problems that can emerge with your pet.  November is designated as Pet Diabetes Month with the intention of educating pet owners of the symptoms and treatment of diabetes in pets.

Here are some of the symptoms that diabetes can appear as in your pet.

Frequent Urination
Your dog might begin asking to be let out more often, or you may even start to see accidents in your home.


Excessive Thirst
This is related to the frequent urination.  Because a dog is urinating more frequently, they become dehydrated faster, thus leading to drinking more water.


Big Appetite
Your dog might seem ravenous all the time.  This is due to the lack of insulin.  Their body cannot see that it has glucose, so they are tricked into thinking they are always hungry.


Losing Weight
Despite your dog eating normally (or even overeating because of the lack of insulin mentioned above) they might begin to lose weight.  Their bodies begin to break down and use muscle and fat as protein instead, which leads to weight loss.


If your pet is displaying any of these symptoms, it is best to check in with your veterinarian.  It does not mean that your pet has diabetes but getting a wellness check is beneficial to rule out any health problems and help your pet live a happy and healthy life.

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