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.