Diabetes In Dogs Questions

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QuestionMy yorkshire terrier is diabetic. He requires daily insulin injections. I am anxious to learn more about this disease. (James Vincent - Virginia)

Answer

Diabetes in dogs is almost identical to the problem in humans. The only difference is that dogs do not respond to tablets, which are supposed to induce insulin production by the patient's own pancreas.

Sometimes the disease is so mild it can be treated by dietary modifications alone. Insulin's task is to control the glucose level in the blood. If insulin is absent, glucose increases, and it leaks into the urine, damaging the kidneys.

Disclaimer: This service is meant to provide advice only and is not meant to replace an appointment with a registered veterinarian. Users should always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately we are only able to answer several questions per week so not everyone gets a published answer. And, unfortunately we can't answer by email.
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