Our expert says:
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
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