Dog Diabetes

Glossary Of Diabetes Terminology

Glossary Of Diabetes Terminology

Terms owners of diabetic dogs and diabetic cats need to know: (a work in progress, we will be adding many more terms as time allows) detemir: Levemir®, a trademark name of an insulin analog with long duration. diabetic ketoacidosis: an emergency condition resulting from metabolic catastrophe as untreated diabetes causes fats to be metabolized for energy […]

  Continue Reading
  July 20, 2012   No comments
Causes Of Diabetes Disregulation In Dogs And Cats

Causes Of Diabetes Disregulation In Dogs And Cats

Why does a perfectly-well-regulated diabetic pet suddenly become disregulated? The possible reasons are many, and we will cover some of them today. Statistically, the single most common disregulating factor is urinary tract infection (UTI). Diabetic dogs and cats often have compromised immune systems, so their normal body defenses don’t work properly. In addition, there is […]

  Continue Reading
  January 30, 2012   No comments
Diabetic Pet Basics All Owners Need To Know

Diabetic Pet Basics All Owners Need To Know

Certain fundamentals apply to every diabetic pet, dog or cat, young or old. These are the things you need to know about the insulin you administer to control his diabetes mellitus. Pick two times of day, exactly 12 hours apart, that you can administer your pet’s insulin. Be consistent, and stick to that schedule as […]

  Continue Reading
  January 2, 2012   No comments
Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Dogs

Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Dogs

 Diabetes mellitus (DM) in dogs and cats has many causes, just as there are multiple causes in people.   Canine diabetes mellitus is always Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Type 1 diabetes results from congenital or acquired failure to produce insulin, requiring insulin replacement therapy by injection. On the other hand, cats may be afflicted by […]

  Continue Reading
  December 9, 2011   No comments
Glucose Curves In Dog And Cat Diabetes Regulation

Glucose Curves In Dog And Cat Diabetes Regulation

Diabetes mellitus in dogs and catsis a very complicated disease. There is no wonder that pet owners become confused as they begin treatment. In today’s installment, we will discuss the role of the glucose curve. Note: most dogs and cats are administered twice-daily insulin. Management of once-daily insulin patients is different in several significant ways. […]

  Continue Reading
  December 5, 2011   No comments
Fructosamine In Dog And Cat Diabetes Mellitus Regulation

Fructosamine In Dog And Cat Diabetes Mellitus Regulation

Fructosamine is formed in dogs’ and cats’ (and people’s) livers by combining the protein albumin with a molecule of glucose. Fructosamine is formed in proportion to glucose levels: pets with unregulated diabetes mellitus have high glucose levels, and, thus, have high fructosamine levels. Fructosamine production doesn’t fluctuate with minute-to-minute blood sugar levels, rather it reflects […]

  Continue Reading
  December 2, 2011   No comments

Diabetes Insipidus In Dogs

Diabetes insipidus (DI)comes in two forms. One is an aberration of the central nervous system (CNS) which results in poor body control of water balance. The other is caused by the kidneys’ inability to respond to the hormone produced by the CNS, resulting in identical clinical signs. The former condition is more common. Diabetes insipidus […]

  Continue Reading
  August 29, 2011   No comments