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Canines and Diabetes Awareness. "Check Don't Guess" DFDA Humane Society

Sarasota, FL 1.5.23

Throw Back Thursday. In 2020 Lacy Kuehl took her charity Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC, to support the Canines with the Humane Society of Sarasota County

What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs? Early signs. The owner will sometimes notice specific symptoms that can be early signs of diabetes:

Excessive thirst

The dog may drink frequently and empty the water bowl more often. Increased urination. The dog may ask to go outside frequently and may start having “accidents” in the house. Increased urination (and increased thirst) happens because the body tries to eliminate excess sugar by sending it out through urine and water that bonds to the sugar.

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The dog can lose weight despite eating normal portions. This is because the dog isn’t efficiently converting nutrients from its food. Increased appetite. The dog can be very hungry all the time because the body’s cells aren’t getting all the glucose they need, even though the dog is eating an average amount. Advanced signs. In more advanced cases of diabetes, symptoms can become more pronounced and can include:

Loss of appetite Lack of energy Depressed attitude Vomiting

"Dogs and pets need diabetes awareness as well,

It's very important to check your

Canine or pet for diabetes. " Says Lacy

Health threats

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to devastating effects on the dog’s body, which is why early detection and proper treatment are crucial. Effects of diabetes on the dog’s health can include:

Cataracts (leading to blindness) Enlarged liver Urinary tract infections Seizures Kidney failure


Is a potentially life-threatening acute condition that can be accompanied by rapid breathing, dehydration, lethargy, vomiting, or sweet-smelling breath; it can be triggered by factors such as stress, surgery, fasting, infection, or an underlying health condition combined with low insulin level. Owners of diabetic animals should always have ketone testing sticks on hand and test their dog’s urine if any of the above occurs. If the dog’s urine tests positive for ketones, an emergency vet should be called immediately. Diagnosis

Your veterinarian can do simple tests to check for diabetes, including testing for excessive glucose (sugar) in the blood and urine. Blood tests can also show other indications of diabetes, such as high liver enzymes and electrolyte imbalances.

The sooner diabetes is diagnosed, and treatment begins, the better chance the pet has of everyday life.

President Brent Kuehl

Drive for Diabetes Awareness, INC

+1 941-447-5929

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