Perhaps your dog has been excessively thirsty, or his appetite or body weight seem out of whack. Maybe he’s a few pounds too heavy and he’s acting different than usual. Whatever the case, it’s important for pet parents to take these changes seriously in case they indicate some underlying issue – like diabetes.
We at iHeartDogs asked Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM, CTCVMP, to tell us about some signs of diabetes in dogs. Also known as “The Caring Vet,” Dr. Selmer is a Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT) who uses principles from Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) to treat his patients.
In the words of Dr. Selmer:
So, if you’re worried that your dog may have diabetes, here are some things you should be on the look out for:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination (amount and/or frequency)
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss (although some dogs may appear overweight upon diagnosis)
Please keep in mind that this is just one of the “thirsty dog” diseases. If your dog is exhibiting any of the above signs, please see your veterinarian because they can have similar signs as a dog with diabetes. For instance, certain prescriptions cause excessive thirst. Specific urinary, kidney, and bladder conditions can also cause excessive thirst. Other hormone-related diseases, such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease, can also lead to excessive thirst.
We want to thank Dr. Selmer for sharing his knowledge with us. If you want to learn more about taking a holistic approach to your pet’s healthcare, check out his book The Best of Both Worlds: An Advanced Guide to Integrative Veterinary Care for Happier, Healthier Pups.