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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

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Ask the Vet About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: May 26, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: I have a question?

Question:Good morning, I have a boxer ( 6 years ) we just moved to AZ he is drinking water excessively, peeing a lot and has lost a lot of hair. What shall I do?

Answer:I would definitely go ahead and have your veterinarian check him out and run some blood work on him - they will screen for diabetes, kidney problems, hypothyroidism, etc. Even if all the blood work comes back normal, it is good to establish baselines for everything the blood work checks for (red count, white count, platelet count, blood sugar, kidney enzymes, liver enzymes, electrolytes, etc etc.)

Date: May 23, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: amount of insulin

Question:we are currently living in Mexico where vet services are lacking. our argentine dogo has developed diabetes after coming down with valley fever. He is 9yo. 300 mg/ fluconozole. His blood sugar was 393. 35ml/caninsulin for 4 days brought it down to 273. 40mlfor 1 week, no change, 50ml 1 week, no change. He has gone from 131 pounds to 110. He is feeling better/happier. Please advise. Now the vet wants to go up to 60ml.

Answer:I think you mean Units not ml but yes, some dogs have higher requirements so you just inch them up like you are doing, being cautious not to give too much and drive the blood sugar too low. Here is a good article bout diabetes, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4951506

Date: May 23, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Low calories food

Question:Hi, my dog is 12 pounds and a Pomeranian. Shes the regular sized one. Not a throwback or a toy size. I read shes supposed to be the max of 7 pounds. She just got diagnosed type 1 diabetes. She is 9 years old. I bought natural balance fat dogs food which is a low calorie food. It says for 10 pounds or less give 3/4 cup per day. But for 10-20 pounds give 3/4 cup to 1.5 cup. How much should I give her? 3/4 cup? Or less than 3/4 cup a day?

Answer:If she is diabetic, one of the prescription foods for diabetics is much more ideal. Then every dogs metabolism is so different, you have to kind of guess and then adjust the food according to whether she is an appropriate weight for her frame. It is always important that she eats a little when she gets her insulin.

Date: May 23, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Diabetes

Question:My dog is drinking a lot of water, not eating much and seems to get over heated easier then usual. He is a bigger shitzu/Pom.

Answer:Those are possibly signs of diabetes, but could be something else as well like kidney disease or Cushing's disease. All of these are treated entirely differently so have your veterinarian run some quick tests and make a diagnosis.

Date: May 14, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Frequent ruination and weight loss

Question:Does my dog have diabetes?? He is an 11 yr old American Bulldog. He has been urinating frequently for the past 2 to 3 months and he stopped eating as much as he was doing.

Answer:Diabetes is possible, but so are other possibilities (kidney disease, Cushing's disesase, etc) - all of these are treated very differently so have your veterinarian check him out and run some blood work to see what is going on so you can treat him appropriately.

Date: May 12, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:Thank you for your response. My cat has diabetes, but does not have any other urinary issues. The urinary tract formula food that I am asking about states 3,728 kcal/kg (402kcal/cup). Is this bad or good for him? Thanks again.

Answer:If he has no urinary tract issues, a food formulated for cats with diabetes is ideal. The prescription ones work the best - Purina DM in particular - they are expensive but save you money in the long run because the diabetes is so much more well-controlled.

Date: May 12, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:Is a "urinary tract formula dry food" good for cats with diabetes?

Answer:Not necessarily but it depends on the individual cat (does s/he have urinary issues as well as diabetes?) and the food you are talking about (is it low carb/sugar?).

Date: May 11, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Food

Question:Hi Ive been feeding diabetic cat Purina dm as suggested by vet, is there a cheaper food just as effective that I can buy? Signed Broke by cat

Answer:No there really isn't one that works as well as Purina DM - often it becomes worth it after many months if you are able to wean your cat off of insulin because the food works so well.

Date: May 10, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Urination issues

Question:My dog has been urinating quite a bit. She isnt fixed so it may be because we moved into a new apartment. However the urine smells sweet like syrup.

Answer:Many things can cause this (urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney problems, Cushings disease, etc etc.) so have your veterinarian check her out if it continues or worsens. Keep her from urinating before her appointment so they can collect a urine sample.

Date: May 5, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Cat
Topic: Standard range of sugar level

Question:Hello, my 9 year old cat has diabetes and gets 2 insulin injections per day of 6 units each dose. What is the range that is safe for cats? Is a high protein diet best for him? Thank you.

Answer:There is a LOT of individual variation with cats so your veterinarian is the best one to talk to about the dosage, but yes, 6 units is a lot. You are looking for a low carb/low sugar diet, not really a high protein diet, which is not recommended for older cats. There are really fantastic diets formulated for cats with diabetes - some cats are able to come off of insulin entirely if they will eat them, like Purina DM: https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/dry-dm-dietetic-management

Date: Apr 23, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: diabetic 11 year old dog

Question:My 11 year old, 120 pound, neutered, Rottweiler gets 28cc of Novolin N every 12 hours. is that a lot? Also, he eats a lot of grass, should I make him stop? He was diagnosed on November 5th, 2019. Prior to the diabetes he weighed 130 pounds. I've had him since he was 4 months old.

Answer:28cc would be fatal so I assume you mean 28 units of insulin - yes, some large dogs need that much.

Date: Apr 22, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Loss of appetite /excessive drinking

Question:Our 11 year old Boxer Shepherd mix has been drinking excessively and loss of appetite. He just started doing this a couple months ago. He's on Cosaquin for arthritis and goes on a 1 1/2 mile walk with me daily unless it's too warm . So fairly active bit also we have noticed loss of muscle in back legs and hips. Always a good appetite until last couple of months. We give him Royal Canin dry dog food as well as Tru dog topper and sometimes rice and chicken to encourage eating. He is a large dog at 114 lbs.

Answer:The loss of appetite and increased thirst make me worry about his kidneys and diabetes - both treated entirely differently so definitely go ahead and see your veterinarian for a urinalysis and some blood work to see what is going on and how to most appropriately treat it.

Date: Apr 15, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Checking blood sugars

Question:Is there a way to do a test at home with a human finger prick and human monitor? If so where would be best for you to prick the dog to get blood?

Answer:Here is a really great article, written by another veterinarian, from a site that I trust all about this (and lots of other information): https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952916

Date: Apr 15, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Excessive water/urination/Tiredness

Question:I have a young Staffordshire mix M/N almost 2 years old. He drinks a lot of water and also urinates a lot. When he plays with other dogs he seems to get extremely tired. In January and February of this year he would vomit when he got up in the morning I started feeding him two meals a day and the vomiting stopped. My main concern is the water intake and Urinating and tiredness could you please give me some guidance

Answer:At his age, it may be nothing (or behavioral, like an obsessive compulsive disorder) BUT since there could be an underlying medical problem (diabetes, kidney disease, Cushings disease, etc.) it is dieal for your veterinarian to run some blood on him and perform a urinalysis. Even if all the blood work comes back normal, it is good to establish baselines for everything the blood work checks for (red count, white count, platelet count, blood sugar, kidney enzymes, liver enzymes, electrolytes, etc etc.)

Date: Apr 11, 2020
Category: Diabetes
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Usual dose

Question:What is the usual doe or range for an80lb female German shepherd? What is the normal range for testing glucose level ?

Answer:Normal dosage of what? Insulin probably - that depends on many things other than weight, primarily the blood work run when she was diagnosed by your veterinarian. Then as far as the normal range for testing - that depends on the individual lab your veterinarian used but it is usually somewhere around 80-120 mg/dl.


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