Signs and symptoms of diabetes in dogs
The onset of symptoms is slow and may not be noticeable for a while. A dog with diabetes may seem to have a monstrous appetite because their body is crying out for the fuel it can’t get. Although they’re eating more, you may also start to see weight loss. This is because they start using up other fuel stores in their body and effectively start to break down fat and muscle to get energy. Their body also attempts to dilute out and get rid of that excess sugar in the blood by driving an increased thirst.
So, a diabetic dog will be really thirsty, and you may notice them drinking at every opportunity and weeing more frequently. If you notice unexplained weight loss and excessive thirst, it’s time to check in with your dog’s vet who will measure the glucose in their urine and blood.
Advanced diabetes can cause a dog to become lethargic and generally out-of-sorts. They might lose their appetite and may even vomit. If left unmanaged, diabetes in dogs can also lead to cataracts-these are seen as a clouding over of the eye and can cause blindness if left untreated. Glucose in the wee of diabetic dogs creates a nice breeding ground for bacteria so urinary tract infections (UTIs) are commonly set off by diabetes. Signs of a UTI include frequent urination, which often produces only a small amount of wee. Your dog may show pain on urinating and may appear to strain.