Dog Diabetes Basics. Diabetes mellitus, often simple called diabetes, is a common veterinary problem diagnosed in middle-aged and older overweight dogs. Obesity in dogs increases the risk of the onset of diabetes, same as in humans. Diabetes in dogs is best controlled with daily insulin injections and is relatively simple to control in the majority of diabetic dogs. Owners regulate daily insulin doses either by monitoring blood sugar levels with a home glucose monitoring kit, such as an Alpha Trak Glucometer; or more commonly by checking urine sugar and ketone levels with a urine Keto-Diastix strip. The majority of owners do very well regulating the diabetes at home provided they have been adequately instructed on the basic principles of diabetes, the proper use of insulin and maintenance of a complete diabetic logbook to record sugar levels, urine levels, insulin dosages, appetite and other parameters. Alaways consult a qualified veterinary professsional if you suspect your pet is having a problem. Doc Pawsitive has successfully educated even the most hesitant owners on proper diabetic management of dogs in a home environment!
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