Why is this so important you might ask? If your body is not making insulin properly then high blood sugar levels occur which also causes increased drinking and urination. Dogs that are overweight are also at a higher risk to develop diabetes.
So, how do you find out whether or not a dog has diabetes? If you suspect that your dog is diabetic, you need to have this confirmed by your own veterinarian. Similar to people, diabetic dogs often have to be regulated with some form of insulin therapy.
Diabetes in dogs often require insulin injections that are given under the dogs skin daily. These injections can actually be given at home too once you learn how to do it. Oftentimes your vet will teach you how to give your dogs the insulin injections.
Diet is a big factor in controlling diabetes as well. High protein, lower carbohydrate, low fat diets are often recommended for dogs with diabetes as well.
There are many commercial diets on the market that you may want to check into feeding your dog and if you're unsure, please discuss this with your veterinarian.
Diabetes in dogs can be treated - it's not the end of the world. With the correct diet, exercise program and insulin regime you can help your diabetic dog lead a long and healthy life. If you need more info about this, please contact your veterinarian.