Ways To Prevent Canine Diabetes
What is Canine Diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body cannot use glucose (a type of sugar) normally. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells. The levels of glucose in the blood are primarily controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is made by the pancreas. Diabetics either can’t produce insulin, or their insulin doesn’t work as well as it needs to.
Unfortunately, diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent. Not only in us humans, but in our dogs too. In fact, the incidence of canine diabetes is now one out of every ten dogs worldwide.
Diabetes usually occurs when a dog is seven to nine years old, but there are many ways that you can prevent it beforehand. The condition can seriously damage the heart, eyes, feet and kidneys and if untreated, can sometimes be fatal in dogs. Therefore, it is really important to take steps to help mitigate or reduce the risks.
Are you putting your dog at risk?
As it’s ‘Pet Diabetes Month’, PET CARE Sciences are raising awareness of canine diabetes. Here is our advice on how you can prevent your dog from developing the disease.
Get Active Exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduce weight gain, helping to prevent and manage diabetes. Just like humans, dogs need enough exercise to work off the calories, treats and biscuits they consume!
It is recommended that you take your dog for at least one walk every day. Try to make your dog’s daily walk slightly longer and add in some more play time.
Don’t Overfeed Your Dog Feeding your dog the right amount is very important. Weight control is a crucial part of disease management if your dog were to become diabetic. Obesity is associated with a wide range of other health problems and can lead to your dog being less active.
Do your research on your dog’s size and how many calories they should be consuming and avoid excessive amounts of dog treats.
Get Your Female Dog Spayed Intact female dogs are more likely to develop diabetes. Hormone fluctuations that occur after a female dog gives birth, can increase the risk of developing diabetes. Having your female dog spayed will also decrease her risk of developing other conditions that can be associated with high progesterone levels.
Buy Quality Dog Food A high protein diet will help keep your dog’s blood sugar levels more stable than a diet high in simple carbohydrates. Most mainstream brands offer quality nutrition, so make sure that you are not buying the cheapest supermarket brand at the expense of healthy nutrition.
Get Regular Check-ups Make sure your dog gets regular routine check-ups and blood tests.
Some of the common symptoms of diabetes are: Lethargy, Unexplained weight gain or loss and Increased water consumption and excessive urination. The genetic makeup of some dogs makes them more at risk of developing diabetes than other breeds. This includes Miniature Pinschers, Cairn Terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles, Beagles, Miniature Schnauzers and Keeshonds.
If you think your dog may be showing signs of diabetes, contact your veterinarian immediately. Diabetes is a serious condition, but it can be successfully managed through a joint effort between you and your veterinarian.
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