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Symptoms & Warning Signs of Diabetes in Dogs

Since diabetes mellitus in dogs is still relatively uncommon, many diabetic dog owners don't know the warning signs of the condition. With Ella, it took a few weeks for me to finally take her to a veterinarian because taken individually, her symptoms didn't seem too out of the ordinary. Below is a list of symptoms that could signal that your dog has canine diabetes.


  • Excessive water consumption

  • Frequent and/or excessive urination

  • Acts hungry but maintains or loses weight

  • Cloudy eyes (which could signal cataracts)

  • Hungry and thirsty, but unable to keep food or liquids down


If your dog exhibits any of these signs, it's important to take them to a veterinarian immediately. You should have the vet test your dog's urine for glucose and ketone levels, as well as your dog's glucose concentration. 


Additional Resources


  1. Preventing and Treating Canine Diabetes, The Bark, Shauna S. Roberts, PhD

  2. AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats, AAHA



Dogabetix is a community for diabetic dog owners--we are not licensed professionals. Before making any important decisions for treating your diabetic dog, please consult a veterinarian. 

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