How To Keep Your Diabetic Dog Live A Long & Happy Life | Vet Explains

How To Keep Your Diabetic Dog Live A Long & Happy Life | Vet Explains
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How To Keep Your Diabetic Dog Live A Long & Happy Life | Vet Explains

I’m sure you are all aware of the disease known as Diabetes, as it is very common to find in humans, but it is also surprisingly common in dogs. It is estimated that anywhere from 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs will develop diabetes somewhere in their lifetime.

And although this is a disease that can easily be managed, if left untreated for too long, it can evolve into a life-threatening condition that can claim your dog’s life within hours.

So make sure to watch this video as I’ll be explaining exactly what diabetes in dogs is as well as what the clinical signs, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention methods are so that you will be fully equipped to look after your diabetic dog and be able to provide him with the long and healthy life that he deserves.

I have to mention that because of the daily injections and lengthy process of finding the correct dosage, dealing with a dog with Diabetes can become frustrating and expensive and will thus require a pet parent to have a lot of patience.

Diabetes mellitus is unfortunately not a disease that can easily be cured, but with the appropriate treatment plan and lifestyle adjustments, your dog’s health can be kept stable and he may go on to live a fully enjoyable life.

Just remember that it is really important to follow your veterinarian’s guidelines for dosage and timing of the insulin shots as well as meal times and do not stop administering the medication without the prior consent of your veterinarian.

If your dog’s appetite and body weight return to normal and he does not drink or urinates excessively, then it is a positive sign that the disease is being well regulated.

Thank you for watching this video. Let me know down in the comments if you ever had a dog that suffered from Diabetes mellitus and what you and your vet did to help him?

Here is a breakdown of the info covered in this video:

00:00 Introduction
02:12 Causes of Diabetes Mellitus in dogs
03:01 Clinical signs of Diabetes Mellitus in dogs
05:03 Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus in dogs
06:04 Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in dogs
10:30 Prevention of Diabetes Mellitus in dogs
11:00 Take Home Message

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  1. Sorel Jones

    Thank you, that was so helpful!

  2. luke woodworth

    I have noticed my 9 year springer spaniel pee more often on walks. He has always seem to drink lots of water but the increase in peeing is my concerned. His eyes seem to be somewhat cloudy and his back legs have been shaking more and more but my vet thinks the shaking is from arthritis in the hips. Am I jumping to conclussions or should I take my dog to the vet.

  3. Rhia Demoncio

    My dog has diabetes.. But I dont have the funds to get her the proper care she needs.. I have tried everything to get help but no luck.. She is going down quickly and it hurts my heart.. Idk what else to do.. Its scaring me.. :'(

  4. The Wizard of doge

    Great video , thank you.

  5. Rob Sexton

    My Black Lab (11 yrs old) was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus 2 months ago. We use a FreeStyle Libre glucose sensor which connects to my phone and the vet also gets the readings. The sensors are expensive but in our opinion, well worth it until we find the right balance. We have been following the vet's guidance (internal medicine) at the local veterinary hospital. We have tried prescription pet food but he wouldn't eat it and I don't blame him. It was a challenge each morning which resulted in force feeding with a syringe (not the greatest way to start a day). I then switched to home cooking his food (chicken breast, cucumbers, bell peppers and a very small amount of regular carrots) and learning all of the necessary requirements for his health however I was never sure if he was getting all the nutrients he required. After consulting with the vet, we went back to his original high quality pet food. The problem was that we had high and low swings in glucose levels with the above foods and NO treats. Two weeks ago we decided to switch to raw food that is produced here in Canada and all ingredients are sourced here as well. He eats it like a wolf. Feeding is no longer an issue and his energy levels are incredible. His glucose level swings are also much more reasonable and I am able to verify it because of the sensor we still are using. With this change in his food we will be able to stop using the sensor when it expires in abut 10 days from now. The internal medicine vet commented that it is an incredible change and that we are on the right track. This video really helped to understand and believe we are doing the right thing for him. Thank you for taking the time to make this video.

  6. Mahendra Chawda

    Pl put video of insulin resistence diabetes with treatment for dogs

  7. Mahendra Chawda

    What is normal level of blood sugar in dogs ? Both fbs & ppbs

  8. vk3crg

    Thanks so much Pete. I have a Labrador who got pancreatitis and nearly died from it. 6 months later he got ill very suddenly and it turned out to be diabetes. We didn’t realise he was sick and suddenly he got very ill and was rushed to hospital in a very bad way. It was diabetes caused by the pancreatitis months earlier. He spent 10 days in vet hospital. Fast forward 3 years and he’s now a happy, healthy boy who turns 9 next month. He’s on Royal Canin Pancreatic food and twice daily Caninsulin dose of 19.5 units. This is the best video I’ve ever seen for people who’s dogs have just been diagnosed with diabetes. It’s overwhelming at first, learning to give injections and adjusting the dose of insulin until the dog’s levels settle down. Toby my Lab also has idiopathic epilepsy which we’ve pretty much got under control to a cluster of seizures at once every 2-3 months, so he’s been a handful but a beautiful dog and worth every cent. My other advice is GET PET INSURANCE! Our insurance here in Australia covers 80% of his insulin and even covers his blood glucose test strips and 40u syringes. He also developed diabetic cataracts and was going blind fast but because we have insurance 80% of his $6000 operation was covered so he can see fine now. If it seems too much to cope with diabetes for owners of newly diagnosed dogs, just take it one day at a time and know that once everything settles down it does get easier! Great video and thanks for making it. You’ll help so many people around the world Pete. Craig – Australia

  9. Carolyn Carden

    My dog just got diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. This video was very helpful. Great explanation. Thank you

  10. Even Mehari

    amazing!! thanks for the nice detailed presentation !!!

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