A diabetic coma is when a diabetic dog’s mentation (sense of surroundings) is greatly diminished due to the presence of high levels of glucose in the blood stream. Most of the time, dogs that have a diabetic coma will have clinical signs which will yield an immediate trip to the veterinarian. Please continue reading to learn more about the causes of diabetic comas and how to treat them.
Keep in mind that diabetic comas are present when diabetes is poorly controlled. Some dogs can develop insulin resistance, even if they have been taking a certain insulin for a longer period. Inflammatory diseases and infections like Pancreatitis can decrease the effect of insulin. If too much insulin is given to your dog, the glucose in the blood stream can drop. When the brain is starved of its main energy source, it can lead to seizures and a coma.
Dog owners should know how to treat diabetic comas. It is important to check blood glucose levels if a dog’s consciousness is altered. Most veterinarians recommend applying corn syrup to a dog’s gums. This will help bring up the blood sugar and buy some time while driving to the vet’s office. You can also call your vet is the sugar value is very high and your dog is acting normal. It is literally a case-by-case basis on how you should respond.
Diabetes can be difficult to control, especially in the early stages. If your diabetic dog is ever non-responsive or lethargic, contact your veterinarian immediately.