Monday, February 15, 2021

How to Spot the Signs of Diabetes in Your Dog

Diabetes can affect dogs of any age, just like in humans early detection is one of the most important steps to ensuring that your dog gets proper treatment. Early detection does not just have to happen at an annual checkup. 

If you look closely and observe your dog you can notice the signs of diabetes in your pet. Here’s a look at some of the signs and symptoms that you can expect to see if your dog is developing diabetes.

Drinking a Lot of Water 

If your dog seems more thirsty than usual this may be a sign that they’re developing diabetes. Drinking more water will lead to increased urination which is also a symptom of diabetes.

It is a vicious cycle because as your dog begins to urinate more they will start to become dehydrated and require more water in order to keep themselves hydrated. If you are noticing changes in your dog’s water drinking and urinating habits and you should visit your vet.

Your Dog’s Appetite has Increased

Take a look at your dog’s eating habits. If you have noticed that they are hungry all the time and are eating more food than they normally would this may be a sign that they are becoming diabetic. 

The reason your dog may want more food when they have diabetes is because of an imbalance of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is used to control blood sugar levels.

When there is a lack of insulin the result is that your dog is hungry all the time. Do not withhold food during this time but it becomes even more important that you give them the highest quality dog food that you can. 

Make sure that you read the reviews of any dog food that you choose. Brands such as Fresh pet provide high-quality food for dogs and there are Freshpet reviews online that you can look at to learn more about their products. 

Make sure that any brand of food you choose has this kind of transparency because when your dog has diabetes, you need to ensure more than ever that they are eating high-quality food.

Look Into Your Dog’s Eyes

Dogs with diabetes generally develop cataracts. In fact, this is one of the most common complications that a dog can have because of diabetes.

The lens of the eye absorbs glucose from the eye fluid. If there is too much glucose it is converted to sorbitol. Sorbitol will pull on the fluid in the eye.

When this fluid enters the lens of the eye it causes distortion of the fibers and stops light from passing through the eye. This is what makes your dog’s eyes appear cloudy.

Be Observant

The major symptoms discussed here can only be witnessed if you are being observant.

Paying close attention to your pet is one of the keys to ensuring that you spot the signs of diabetes early so that your dog can start treatment as soon as possible. With proper treatment, your pet can continue to live a long and healthy life.


  1. This is very interesting; I forwarded to my mom since she babies her TY :)

  2. Thank you for the useful information.

  3. Wonderful information regarding what to look for.

  4. Thanks for the great information.

  5. That you for the tips. Always good to keep an eye out for pups health

  6. I had no idea they could get it. Interesting post!

  7. Thank you!! I had no idea! This is great information. I will be passing it on to my family as well.

  8. I did not know any of this thank for this information.

  9. These are some very helpful tips for pet owners so their dogs stay healthy.

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  10. This is a great read! We have 3 dogs and I knew nothing about how to spot diabetes in a dog. Knowledge is power!
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  11. This is a great article on spotting diabetes in your dog.

  12. great info to know, I hear of so many pets getting diabetes

  13. These symptoms are also similar in adults! I will have to keep monitoring my dog for these signs and symptoms.

  14. This was a great post. My dogs are getting older so now I know what to look for if they start acting strange. Thank you.

  15. Thanks for the info, i have a dog and will be watching for signs.

  16. Thank you for all this wonderful info. This helps to notice any signs of diabetes.

  17. this is super important info! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Very interesting and thank you. People don't think about diabetes in their pets. Informative

  19. Ashley Chassereau ParksFebruary 21, 2021 at 7:50 PM

    With 2 German Shepherds, this is definitely something I will need to keep an eye out. I haven't been as worried since they are still young, but I will keep it in mind as they grow and age.

  20. I had a dog with diabetes that needed insulin shots. Her urination frequency clued me in that there was something wrong.


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