When you get your new puppy, and he’s adorable and fluffy and full of puppy goodness, you don’t think too much about his overall and long-term health. Oh, you want him to be healthy, and you hope when you get him that he’s free of disease or illness. You also take care to get the proper vaccinations at the proper time. You might even research the right diet for him so he can grow up happy and healthy.
But it’s unlikely that you worry he might get diabetes. That might not enter your thought process, but diabetes, unfortunately, strikes many dogs. Dogs that were healthy, active, and with no problems might suddenly develop health problems later found to be diabetes.
Diabetes is a serious disease in dogs and, in some ways, can be more serious than in humans. While we can talk about our symptoms and even track our own symptoms – or answer questions posed to us about how we feel and how we are behaving within the context of our illness – a dog has no such outlet. It’s up to his owners to pay attention to how he seems to be feeling and how the illness is manifesting itself in him.
To that end, education is necessary. Not for your dog, of course, but for you. You should understand your dog’s risk factors, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and what complications you should watch for. That’s what this guide is all about.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this “Your Dog and Diabetes Guide”
- Chapter 1 – Introduction.
- Chapter 2 – Diabetes 101. In this chapter, we’ll look at what diabetes is and how it manifests itself in dogs.
- Chapter 3 – Your dog’s risk factors. You might think that if your dog’s mom had diabetes, your dog will too. That’s possible, but there are other risk factors to be aware of. We’ll discuss those in this chapter.
- Chapter 4 – Your dog’s diabetes diagnosis. This chapter will talk about how diabetes is diagnosed in dogs and what treatment your dog will receive.
- Chapter 5 – Treatment: Diet and exercise. Just like humans, dogs must begin to watch their diet and get regular activity. Of course, your dog won’t pencil these things onto his calendar, but you must. We’ll offer some tips.
- Chapter 6 – Treatment: Insulin. Dogs with diabetes will be put on insulin, which operates much as insulin does in adults. We’ll discuss how it’s administered, how often your dog will need it, and how to care for and store it.
- Chapter 7 – Complication risks. There are several serious complications your dog might suffer as a result of having diabetes. We’ll look at those in this chapter.
- Chapter 8 – Your dog’s long life with diabetes. Many dogs live long and relatively healthy lives, even with diabetes. We’ll offer tips and tricks for making sure your dog is one of them.