Diabetes is a common problem among the human population, but is on the rise in dogs as well. The lack of insulin production or utilization is diabetes. Insulin is essential to process sugars, amino acids, electrolytes, and fatty acids, allowing them to absorb in the dog’s tissues.
If the body cannot produce enough insulin, then the process breaks down, causing cells to starve and die. This can further lead to tissue breaking and organ failure.
Some of the breeds are at higher risk of diabetes are bichons, dachshunds, golden retrievers, labrador retrievers, pomeranians, terriers, and cocker spaniels. Mixed and cross-breeds are still suspectable, especially if they are obese.
Ways To Prevent Diabetes in Dogs
Although it is not guaranteed that your canine companion won’t get diabetes during his lifetime, there are certain mistakes that all pet owners should avoid, which will help to improve the overall health of your dog and prevent diabetes.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
One of the most common mistakes by pet owners is overfeeding their dogs that later causes in diabetes. We all know that obesity is the main cause of diabetes and definitely a contributing factor in dogs.
Maintaining a healthy weight will not just prevent diabetes but will also protect against various health conditions such as heart problems, stroke, and arthritis.
Plenty of Exercise
Sometimes pet owners don’t pay much attention to the regular exercise of their pets. Well, to keep your furry friend fit and healthy, regular exercise is crucial.
A regular visit to the vet is a vital part of your dog’s health as he has the knowledge, training, and experience to be able to identify any potential health problems, including diabetes.
Focus on Diet
Keeping a close eye on what your dog eats in a day is also essential. A dog does not require carbohydrates in his diet as they turn into sugar that your dog’s body is not designed to process. This excess sugar can lead to diabetes and other health issues.
Many commercial dog foods contain a lot of grains, starches, and other carbohydrates that aren’t good for your dog’s health, and you must skip them. You need to limit the number of carbohydrates in your dog’s diet and give a high protein diet, which will help prevent problems with insulin production and obesity.
Another factor to keep in mind is limiting the portion size. Many pet owners provide dry kibble to their dogs so that the dog does not feel hungry in their absence, but what they forget is that dry kibble is rich in carbohydrates. Pet owners must replace dry kibble with moisture-rich alternative, and giving many small meals as compared to one large meal.
The Common Sense Care For the Pet
All pet owners should focus on maintaining a healthy weight of the dog, take the dog for regular checkups, push the pet for regular exercise, and notice any symptoms of ill health. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include
- Weight loss
- Changes in thirst, and appetite
- Increased Urination
- Being lethargic
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, you must visit a vet as soon as possible.