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Diabetes in Dogs: 12 Symptoms and Treatments


Dogs can get diabetes, just as people can. Diabetes in dogs takes two main forms, and the first and most common is canine mellitus, or “sugar diabetes.” As in humans, sugar diabetes in dogs can be of the Type 1 (insulin deficiency) or Type 2 (insulin resistance) variety. The other form is diabetes insipidus, commonly called “water diabetes” or “drinking diabetes.” It is a rare disorder, marked by the animal’s inability to regulate its own water content.

Recognize the Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs

In dogs, sugar diabetes and water diabetes present with different symptoms, most of which are non-specific. This can make recognizing the condition difficult, so be sure to consult a veterinarian if you notice any of these telltale signs (note: treatment options are listed after the 6 symptoms below):

Sugar Diabetes Symptoms: Urinary Abnormalities

In dogs, sugar diabetes usually has a slow, gradual onset marked by a steady intensification of symptoms. One of the earliest symptoms is changes in your dog’s urinary habits. Your pet may urinate more often than usual, and it may excrete an unusually large volume of urine when it relieves itself. These urinary abnormalities frequently coincide with a noticeable spike in the amount of water your dog drinks, and a housebroken pet may also begin to have accidents inside your home.

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