Dogs & Diabetes

16 Nov 2018

As with cats, dogs develop diabetes due to the pancreas not producing enough or any insulin, or their body has an inadequate response to the hormone.  This leads to the dog’s body being unable to control the levels of sugar in their blood.

Many dogs can cope with this situation for a while.  However, diabetic dogs are prone to suffer from other health issues so can often become seriously unwell if they then acquire another illness. Glucometer

The symptoms of diabetes in a dog are the same as they are in cats:

  • an increase in urination.
  • an increased thirst.
  • increased hunger.
  • weight loss


Diagnosis of the disease is from a blood test.  Elevated levels of glucose , which is a sign of diabetes, can also be as a result of stress so testing might be repeated over a number of weeks to detect if levels are persistent or just a one of problem.

Again, diet plays a massive part in the overall control of the disease but a treatment programme will be recommended by your vet.  In addition, support, guidance and advice are important for owners to help them manage their dog’s diabetes.  your dog will require regular check-ups to monitor the condition and adjustments to treatment might be needed in the early days to get their sugar levels under control.

If you are concerned about any aspects of your dog’s health, contact us for further advice.