Factors That Increase Your Pet Dog’s Risk For Diabetes

There are various reasons dogs develop diabetes. Some have a genetic predisposition, thus it’s important to ask the breeder if there is a history of diabetes in any of the dog’s parents and littermates. Another potential cause of diabetes is carrying excess pounds. Being overweight or obese can increase a dog’s risk to developing diabetes; fortunately, this can be prevented with proper diet and regular exercise. Hormonal imbalances and problems of the pancreas can also increase a dog’s risk to diabetes.

Since the symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus can also be manifested with certain health issues, it’s a good idea to bring your dog to your vet for a thorough checkup and proper diagnosis. The common signs of diabetes include:

  • Increased water intake
  • Increased urination
  • Increase in appetite
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Formation of cataracts leading to vision loss
  • Poor, unkempt hair coat

Diabetic dogs are also more prone to bacterial growth and multiplication, urinary tract infections, hypoglycemia, and ketoacidosis. Give your vet a call for animal care tips.

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