Dog Owners

Treating Canine Diabetes

If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes your veterinarian will likely recommend beginning insulin injections.

When given properly, regular insulin injections can help keep your dog’s blood glucose levels stable throughout the day. Regulating your dog's glucose levels could take up to a month or more, but eventually you will begin to see improvement in the signs of diabetes. Even as the signs decrease or disappear, it is important to have regular checkups so your veterinarian can monitor your dog’s progress.

At-Home Management

In addition to insulin injections and regular checkups with your vet, there are steps you can take to manage your dog’s diabetes at home.

Routine: The best thing you can do for a dog with diabetes is keep a consistent routine. Whether with food, exercise or insulin injections, routine can help keep blood glucose levels stable.

Diet: After diagnosis, your veterinarian will recommend the best diet for your dog to follow. Keep feeding schedules and meal sizes consistent to help maintain more stable glucose levels. Mealtimes should coincide with administration of insulin injections to enhance the effects of the insulin and reduce the chances of glucose spikes in the blood (hyperglycemia).

Exercise and play: For dogs with diabetes, exercise can be a great way to stay healthy and help keep blood glucose levels stable. But, like anything else, it should be kept consistent and at a level that is safe for your dog. Ask your veterinarian about what kinds of activity may be appropriate for your dog.