Diabetes is a serious disease in dogs and in some ways can be more serious than in humans. While we can talk about our symptoms and even track our own symptoms – or answer questions posed to us about how we feel and how we are behaving within the context of our illness – a dog has no such outlet. It’s up to his owners to pay attention to how he seems to be feeling and how the illness is manifesting itself in him.
To that end, education is necessary. Not for your dog, of course, but for you. You should understand your dog’s risk factors, how it’s diagnosed and treated and what complications you should watch for. That’s what this guide is all about.
Here’s what we’ll cover in this “Dog Diabetes” guide:
Chapter 1 – Introduction.
Chapter 2 – Diabetes 101. In this chapter, we’ll look at what diabetes is and how it manifests itself in dogs.
Chapter 3 – Your dog’s risk factors. You might think that if your dog’s mom had diabetes, your dog will too. That’s possible, but there are other risk factors to be aware of. We’ll discuss those in this chapter.
Chapter 4 – Your dog’s diabetes diagnosis. In this chapter, we’ll talk about how diabetes is diagnosed in dogs and what treatment your dog will receive.
Chapter 5 – Treatment: Diet and exercise. Just like humans, dogs must begin to watch their diet and get regular activity. Of course, your dog won’t pencil these things onto his calendar, but you must. We’ll offer some tips.
Chapter 6 – Treatment: Insulin. Dogs with diabetes will be put on insulin, which operates much like insulin does in adults. We’ll discuss how it’s administered, how often your dog will need it and how to care for and store it.
Chapter 7 – Complication risks. There are several serious complications your dog might suffer as a result of having the diabetes disease. We’ll look at those in this chapter.
Chapter 8 – Your dog’s long life with diabetes. Many dogs live long and relatively healthy lives even with diabetes. We’ll offer tips and tricks for making sure your dog is one of them.
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