How To Treat A Dog With Diabetes

How To Treat A Dog With Diabetes


Prognosis: The outlook for dogs with diabetes is variable. In general, if the diabetes is well controlled and monitored, they can live a normal lifespan. Nevertheless, diabetes in dogs should be considered a life-long disease and there is no cure.

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There are several signs of diabetes in dogs, including:

  • Increased thirst and urination. This is the most common sign of diabetes in dogs, according to PetMD . If you notice your dog drinking an excessive amount of water or urinating excessively, it may be time to visit the vet for a checkup.
  • Weight loss. Dogs with diabetes can lose weight even if they’re eating more food than usual. According to PetMD , this is because their bodies have trouble processing nutrients properly thanks to insulin deficiency.
  • Excessive hunger or weakness due to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If your dog has hypoglycemia and experiences symptoms such as weakness or lethargy, try feeding him some dry food or canned food with added carbohydrate (such as kibble drenched in honey) until he feels better, then take him to see the vet right away so he can get treatment for his condition! You should also take note that dogs who are experiencing hypoglycemic episodes may exhibit uncharacteristic behavior like anxiety or aggression; if this happens while you’re at home alone with them and it doesn’t seem like something they would normally do under normal circumstances then please call 911 immediately!

Diet and Meal Planning

Diabetes dogs need a low-carbohydrate diet. Dogs with diabetes are considered to have “insulin resistance”, which means that their insulin does not work as well as it should. This is because the cells in their body no longer respond to insulin. In other words, your dog’s pancreas gets confused and start producing too much of it when it should be releasing only a small amount. The pancreas overcompensates by producing more insulin than usual, which causes high blood sugar levels—a condition called hyperglycemia (or “high blood sugar”).

A diet low on carbohydrates can help stabilize your dog’s blood sugar levels by making them less likely to spike when they do eat something that has carbs in it. A good rule of thumb is that if you’re going to give your dog something like kibble or treats (and we recommend doing so), they should be low-carbohydrate options such as Zignature Zero Grain Chicken & Pea Formula Dry Dog Food .

Daily Administration of Insulin

How to give insulin:

  • Calculate the dosage based on your dog’s weight. Remember that the amount of insulin will change as your dog grows or loses weight.
  • Administer by subcutaneous injection (under the skin). If you are using a syringe, pull back on the plunger and draw up an appropriate dosage into it until full, then insert the needle into your dog’s skin between his shoulder blades at an angle slightly away from his spine; inject all of the contents of that syringe in one spot and quickly remove it from his body. Never reuse needles! Needles can cause infection if used more than once or not cleaned properly after each use. Dispose of all used syringes (in an approved sharps container) immediately following use; never dispose within reach of children or pets who might come across them accidentally later on!


  • Exercise:
  • The amount of exercise your dog must have every day depends on the size and breed of your dog. If you’re unsure how much exercise is enough for your dog, consult a veterinarian to learn what would be best for your pet.
  • It’s important to monitor how much time is spent exercising and what type of physical activity is used during these workouts. For example, if you walk with your pet, this could be considered light exercise; however if you run on a treadmill with him/her then it would be considered moderate to high intensity levels (depending on how fast or far they ran). Monitor this closely so that it doesn’t affect their blood sugar levels during or after an intense workout session by giving them simple carbohydrates like honey or peanut butter after they’ve been active

Veterinary Visits

Your veterinarian will need to check the dog’s blood sugar levels and evaluate for other complications. Your vet may also do a physical exam of your dog’s body, checking for infections, signs of pain (such as limping or change in behavior), stress (such as panting or whining), depression, anxiety or lethargy.

Diabetes is a condition that requires careful observation, but it can be managed.

Diabetes is a serious condition, but it can be managed with careful observation. Diabetes can lead to other health problems in your dog, so it’s important to keep an eye on their weight and give insulin shots when needed. It’s also important for you to be aware of the warning signs of diabetes so that you know when your dog needs medication or additional treatment.

If you’re living with an older dog who is showing signs of diabetes, there are steps you can take now that may help prevent further complications down the road:

  • Monitor your pet’s weight regularly—it’s especially important if they have become overweight or obese recently (see “How To Prevent Obesity In Dogs”).
  • Monitor their blood sugar levels by having them tested at least twice a year—more often if symptoms appear or worsen over time (see “How To Test For Diabetic Symptoms In Dogs”).
  • Keep them as active as possible without overdoing it—exercise helps regulate blood sugar levels but too much physical activity may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which requires emergency care (see “What Is Hypoglycemia?”).


With careful monitoring and consistent care, diabetes is a manageable condition for dogs. It is important to note that it does require regular veterinary attention, and a dog’s management plan may need to be adjusted over time. But with a few tweaks to diet, exercise habits and insulin administration routines, your dog can live just as happy and healthy of a life with diabetes as one without it!

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