With a 79.7% increase compared to 2006, diabetes in dogs is becoming more and more of an issue.
There are many factors that can play into your dog’s likely-hood of getting it however, a diet dense with sugar can drastically increase his odds.
Most dog treats regardless of being marketed as “healthy” or otherwise contain sugar, making it often difficult to limit sugar consumtion. Fortunately, there are sugar free treat options as mentioned later in the article.
What exactly is diabetes?
Your dog’s body breaks down the nutrients in his food and converts it into glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar that is a nessicary source of energy for specific cells and organs.
The glucose is then obsorbed into the blood and transported all throughout the body.
Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas (An organ located by the stomach.) that is in charge of delivering the fuel and telling the cells to take the glucose and use it as fuel.
When there are issues involving the Glucose-Insulin connection, it can result in diabetes.
Types of diabetes
The two most common types of diabetes in dogs are:
Insulin-deficiency – The most common of the two, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to effectively use the glucose as fuel.
Insulin-resistance -Is more common in older dogs, the body produces enough insulin however, the messages being sent by the insulin telling the cells to use the glucose as energy; are not being responded to.
Both can result in excess sugar in the blood, that is not being processed into energy, resulting in under-nourished cells. When the cells are starved of energy they may began to break down fats and proteins to try and obtain fuel.
An important thing to note is that an abnormal level of glucose in the blood can become poison-like in the body and will cause damage to the following organs:
- Blood vessels and,
It is important to know the signs and symptoms to watch for, particularly if you have an older or obese dog.
early warning Signs that your dog may be diabetic
- Excessive thirst
- Weight loss
- Increased urination
- Increased appetiete
Advanced signs that your dog may be diabetic
- Loss of appetiete
- Lack of energy
If your dog displays any of the signs or symptoms previously mentioned, it is important that you take him to his vet immedietely to reduce further damage.
Ways to reduce your dog’s risk of diabetes
Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to help lower your dog’s risk of getting diabetes.
A major factor in diabetes in dogs is, obesity. By taking your dog for regular walks and limiting treat consumtion, you will not only lengthen your dog’s lifespan but also reduce his risk of diabetes.
In terms of daily treat consumtion, the AKC recommends that treats should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s diet.
As mentioned earlier in the article, most dog treats marketed as “healthy” or otherwise often contain sugar, either used as a preservative or simply for flavour.
Given that there are an array of natural and non-harmful preservatives and herbs that can be used to season food, adding sugar is quite avoidable.
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