Diabetic Comas in Dogs 

Diabetic Comas in Dogs 

Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disease which affects the pancreas.  The pancreas is responsible for the production of a hormone called insulin which helps to bring blood sugar or glucose into the body for nutritional purposes.  Diabetes occurs when there are insufficient levels of insulin in the blood or if the body becomes resistant to insulin.  This article will go into further detail about what a diabetic coma is, the symptoms to look for, and how to treat it.

A diabetic coma occurs when a diabetic dog’s sense of self awareness and surroundings is weakened because of the higher levels of glucose in their system.  At the highest levels, glucose spills over into the urinary bladder from the kidneys.  The reason why pets urinate a lot is because glucose attracts a lot of water.  Keep in mind that coma is extremely rate, but it is possible when there is insufficient insulin in the body.

Dogs with diabetes may have a combination of different symptoms including increased urination and thirst, increased appetite, and lethargy.  It is important to know that dogs can develop tremors and seizures with severely low sugars.  You may be comfortable checking your dog’s blood sugar at home with a glucometer.  Alternatively, you will need to visit the vet if you believe that your dog may be going through a coma.

Therefore, it is important to check your dog’s blood glucose.  Sometimes veterinarians recommend applying Karo syrup to your dog’s gums is their sugar is low.  This does a great job of bringing up the blood sugar and may also buy you time if you need to make a trip to the vet.  Dogs with poorly controlled diabetes are typically hospitalized for fluid therapy, supportive care, and antibiotics.

It may be challenging to control diabetes.  However, paying close attention to your vet’s advice on food and insulin will help you and your four-legged friend in the long run.  Unfortunately, if control cannot be achieved, the risk of diabetes will increase.