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This is a disease where the body is unable to change glucose into in energy.  The hormone used to convert glucose to energy is insulin, created in the pancreas, and either is not produced or does not work properly within the body.  There are two types ; Type I Diabetes and Type II Diabetes.  Type I is often a lifelong condition whereas Type II is developed, usually from lifestyle.  Type I there is a complete lack of insulin creation.  In Type II, the body has become resistant to insulin instead.

There are several related conditions to diabetes that are critical to be aware of; Hyperglycemia, Pancreatitis, Circulatory System Damage, Eye Damage, Heart Damage, Cataracts, Blindness, Bladder Infection, Nerve Deterioration, Paralysis, Gangrene, Renal Disease.  The biggest contributing factor to Type II Diabetes will be being overweight.  In dogs, females are more likely to develop Type II Diabetes than males.  With proper treatment and care, a dog can live a long and happy life with this condition but it can be deadly if left untreated.  Symptoms can include:

  • Increased Water Intake
  • Increased Urination
  • Sweet or Fruity Smelling Breath
  • Lethargy
  • Excess Hunger (in early stages)
  • Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Loss of Appetite (in later stages)
  • Depression
  • Dandruff
  • Unkempt Fur
  • Slow to Heal Cuts and Lacerations
  • Skin Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Bladder Infections
  • Weakness In Back Legs
  • Cataracts
  • Blindness
  • Enlarged Liver