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Canine Diabetes Diagnosis & Treatment
Canine diabetes is not as uncommon as most people think.
I have no experience with it but know many people that do so decided to do some research and do this blog to help others that find themselves with a pet with diabetes.
Taken from: http://www.vetinfo.com/canine-diabetes-diagnosis.html
“Canine diabetes is a condition where the dog’s pancreas does not produce sufficient amounts of insulin to effectively process the foods the dog eats. Because the food isn’t processed appropriately, it is unable to pass into the cells where it can be utilized, causing an excess of sugars to be passed into the bloodstream.
Common symptoms of diabetes are extreme thirst, increased urination, ravenous hunger and weight loss. As the disease progresses, almost every system in the dog’s body can be impacted. If you suspect your dog may have diabetes, it is important to get him to a veterinarian for testing, diagnosis and the beginning of treatment.”
For diagnosis and treatment please see the same site, but first and foremost please see your vet:
There is also a great amount of info from this next site:
I also have info to share from one of my friends/pup buyers who had a dog in the past with diabetes and what he learned to do for his baby:
“We went crazy trying to find a type of insulin that would work well for Molly when she was first diagnosed. The vet had us try several different types, and I was amazed because I always thought insulin was all the same. The prices and types run all over the map. We finally found that Humulin N insulin worked best for Molly, but we were paying nearly $60 a vial and she would go through a vial in less than two weeks, so it was costing us almost $150 a month just for the insulin, not counting the test strips, the needles and the vet visits. We finally found a semi synthetic form of Humulin N that Walmart Pharmacy sells called Novolin N which actually worked best for Molly and was available for about $30 a vial! For anyone who has a diabetic dog and is having difficulty affording the insulin, that could be a god send. No-one should have to see their dog suffer with diabetes because they cannot afford the cost of the medication and vet care. That is why I think it is so important for people to know that there are effective (and probably better) alternatives to using a vet to do all the testing, prescribing and often selling the insulin at often very high rates. By the way, Humulin N has been around for quite a while, and is available at pharmacies without a vets prescription, so once the dog is properly diagnosed by a vet and the diabetes is under control, a pet owner can maintain effective control with just maintenance visits to the vet for any of the normal visits each year.”
My friend also learned to test his Molly’s levels at home rather than always going to the vet.
I hope this info will help people and there beloved pets.
As always, I am not a vet and not giving diagnosis or treatment here. Just offering info in the hopes it will help someone.