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Frightening Increase in Dog Diabetes – Don’t Let Your Dog Become a Victim!

on December 6, 2010

It makes me sad to think of my poor fellow pups with diabetes! Help protect us with good diets and exercise!

Who’d have thought? Doggy Diabetes? Yikes! I was shocked when I heard that the same disease that’s been escalating in humans is also escalating in dogs.

Did you know that 1 in 10 dogs gets diabetes…and that number is increasing? That’s plenty of reason to find out more about this awful epidemic.

While heredity can be a factor, the good news is that we can take steps to lower the chances of our dogs contracting this nasty condition. What’s the number one controllable thing that puts dogs at risk for diabetes? BEING OVERWEIGHT. And with the holidays upon us, many dog owners like to treat their dogs to extra holiday goodies.

Most of the time, dogs are overweight from love. Sounds weird, but people like to treat their furry friends to all kinds of yummy things, and, sometimes, far too many of them. But sometimes dog foods are the culprits as well.  The Dog Diabetes Guide breaks down the carbohydrate threat lurking in dry dog food and gives alternative feeding solutions.

The site also says that spaying a female dog can lower its chances of getting diabetes; another article lists the top 10 breeds that develop the disease. The Dog Diabetes Guide also states that cortisone and hormone drugs can trigger diabetes, especially in dogs that already have risk factors. The site is chock full of great information and gives many other causes as well as treatments and much more.

It’s important that we dog owners watch our dogs for symptoms of diabetes – after all, it’s not like they can tell you they don’t feel well! The signs are similar to those in humans: frequent urination, excessive thirst, shivering, weight loss without eating less, lethargy, and sweet or fruity breath are among the most common.

Just like doctors warn humans, diabetes is a “silent killer” – take proper precautions diet-wise and be aware of any changes in your dog that may be warning signals. Diabetes can be managed if it’s caught early!

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3 responses to “Frightening Increase in Dog Diabetes – Don’t Let Your Dog Become a Victim!

  1. tiffy40 says:

    Wow! I never knew that diabetes was a problem for dogs. Thanks for the great information.

  2. tiffy40 says:

    P.S. How did you get it to snow on your blog? That’s really cool:)

  3. Eek! I cannot imagine anything happening to my pups. I’ll be watching out for them, that’s for sure! Thanks for the great post!!

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