Posted by: starfish | 2004/10/30


is it possible for a dog to have diabetes, and if so what would thesymptoms be.

pls only serious answers and no personel opions much aprectied.

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Diabetes is a fairly common occurrence in dogs. It will usually occur in overweight middle-aged females, but can happen in any dog. The classic symptoms are those of excessive eating and drinking and excessive urinating. The dog may also lose bodyweight. In the late stages, once the condition goes into a crisis, the dog will become listless, loose its appetite, and become collapsed. At that stage it is very serious and will need immediate medical attention. It is therefore best to have it diagnosed early because it can be treated very successfully with the use of the correct diet and twice daily insulin injections. It is also important to make the diagnosis as soon as possible, as cataract formation and ultimately blindness may result is the diabetes is not well controlled. Generally, I highly recommend diabetes treatment as it can be so successful and the patient can live a normal life.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town

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Posted by: Chill | 2004/10/30

Yes, dogs (and cats) can get diabetes.

Symptoms are: excessive thirst, excessive urination, excessive appetite and weight loss. Obviously there aer other things going on in the body, specially the blood, but your vet will have to examine and test for those.

As with humans, untreated diabetes can have very serious consequences, even death.

Hope that's factual and serious enough for you!

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