Diabetes mellitus or just simply diabetes is very common these days among humans. Diabetes refers to the less secretion of the hormone insulin by the pancreas in the body; which ends up increasing the blood sugar of an organism to the extent, their body starts showing bad signs. As a matter of fact, November is nationally recognized as American Diabetes Month.
Not a surprise, though; diabetes can even occur in dogs. Canines are very much prone to diabetes and this can have adverse effects on their bodies. Sugar in itself is poison for dogs and so, can you imagine how dangerous high sugar levels can be?
However, with preventive care, diabetes cases can be avoided to a much greater extent in dogs than it can be in humans. Most of this is possibly by spotting early signs in your dog so you can consult your vet. Just to bring it to your notice, November is also known as Pet Diabetes Awareness Month.
So here are some symptoms for you to keep in mind so that you can seek immediate help for your Dach.
1. Change in appetite and food consumption pattern
The appetite pattern of your dog is bound to change if he/she starts developing diabetes. This is most likely to increase the appetite and hunger of your pet. He will be ravenously hungry at the times of meals (due to drooping sugar levels) or because the amino acids from the protein in food might not be reaching the target cells. As a result, your pooch may end up even overeating.
2. Excessive thirst
This will be a causative of excessive urination. Since a lot of water is being lost in urine, your dog will be thirstier. Excessive thirst in organisms is also called ‘polydipsia’. The role play of thirst-and-urination is a serious indicator of diabetes (even in humans) and you might really want to take your dog for a check-up with the vet.
A sign that you will see when the diabetes reached another stage is vomiting. It is more often seen as a diabetic sign in female dogs, Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles. If your dog starts spiting up every now and then, it’s time to see a vet.
4. Lethargy and depression
Depression in the body is caused by an imbalance of ketones, which takes place when fat and protein breakdown in the liver itself due to a deficiency of insulin for them. As depression kicks in, your dog starts feeling a little lazy and lethargic.
5. Increased urination
Also called ‘polyuria’, the condition of excessive urination may mean your dog is diabetic. This happens because the cells are bursting with sugary-water that some of it spills into the urine, making urination a frequent practice. However, it is also an indicator of a lot of other disorders.