Diabetes in the dog? Unfortunately not uncommon
Most of suffuring of diabets are older animals. In rare cases, even dogs at a young age are affected. In addition, some breeds are generally more susceptible to diabetes than others.
What this disease is about and what you can do about it as a dog owner is explained in this article.
What is diabetes?
It is the job of the pancreas to produce the hormone insulin. This is needed to transport glucose (sugar) from the blood into the cells of the body. Normally, an increase in blood sugar level after eating automatically triggers the release of insulin. It removes the sugar from the blood, lowers blood sugar and provides the cells with nutrients.
However, if the dog has diabetes, this perfectly tuned system will not work properly. As a result, there is an uncontrolled increase in blood sugar and insufficient nutrition of the body. In the long term, diabetes can have serious consequences for the dog.
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
There are two types of diabetes called diabetes Type 1 and Type 2. Both have different causes and show up themselves in different ways.
Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. The amount then is insufficient to transport enough sugar from the blood into the cells. There is an increase in blood sugar, which ultimately causes diabetes.
In contrast, the type 2 pancreas produces enough inulin in diabetes. However, the dog's body is unable to recognize and use it properly. This also leads to the fact that the blood sugar level can not be properly regulated.
Unlike humans, however, diabetes type 2 is not common in dogs. Most animals get Type 1 Metabolic Disease.
Triggers and risk factors
The development of diabetes can be triggered by various factors in the dog.
Often it is autoimmune or genetic processes that are responsible for the low production of insulin, and thus for the development of type 1 diabetes. In some smaller breeds, such as poodle and dachshund, the predisposition is particularly large.
In addition, nutrition also plays a major role as a risk factor. If a dog is overweight, the probability of illness increases. This is true even if his race is not prone to it.
There are several symptoms that indicate diabetes in dogs. Among other things, the disease of the metabolism can be noticeable when dog is overly hungry and thirsty and has very frequent urination .
Often, the animal also loses significant weight and has strikingly unpowered. In addition, poor wound healing can also be a sign of diabetes.
Treatment of diabetes in dogs
If your pet is suspected of having diabetes, you should consult a veterinarian immediately. If left untreated, the disease can bring serious consequences, such as blindness.
However, if diabetes is detected in good time, the disease can usually be dealt with very well and passes without any major consequences for the dog.
Our feeding recommendation
For dogs with diabetes, we recommend feeding with our favorite menu. Bellfor wet food is free from sugar and grain. It contains only natural ingredients such as fresh vegetables and fruits. In addition, it contents a particularly high meat content - 64 percent.
If you want to give your dog a small treat in between meals despite its diabetes, we recommend our high-quality dried meat. These healthy delicacies contain no sugar, which makes them not only particularly tasty, but also easy to digest.