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DIABETES MELLITUS IN DOGS
Diabetes mellitus is a common condition in dogs, and usually occurs when they are middle aged or older. It is more
common in females but can occur in both sexes. If left untreated, complications develop which can eventually be
The most common signs of diabetes mellitus are:
Less common signs include:
Diabetes mellitus is usually caused because a hormone called insulin is no longer produced or is not effective.
Insulin enables sugar (glucose) in the blood to be taken up by body tissues and used to provide them with
Diabetes is diagnosed by testing a blood sample and urine sample, and finding high glucose in both of these.
In dogs, occasionally it is caused because another disease stops the body tissues responding to insulin. If your
vet suspects this, they may suggest additional tests.
If you are concerned that your dog is showing any of these symptoms please contact the surgery to arrange an
• Increase in appetite
• Weight loss
• Increase in thirst and urination
• Urinary Tract Infections
• Loss of sight caused by cataracts
• Vomiting, decreased appetite, depression (potentially an emergency)