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Dogs and diabetes

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Dogs may get diabetes just like humans. Symptoms are likely. They may include excessive thirst, the need to pee a lot, irritability, hiding, weight gain, and sleeping a lot.

It is a simple process to have pooch tested for diabetes; a blood test will show an elevated blood sugar level.

If the dog has diabetes, treatment includes insulin by injection, usually every 12 hours

Pooch will need a moderate protein, high fiber diet. The vet is often able to supply this diet.

Treats are to be limited to no more than 10% of the dog’s diet, and those with added sugar are to be avoided altogether. And of course, no eating of table scraps.

Information from Prevention’s “Outsmart Diabetes,” winter, 2013-2014

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