Caring For A Diabetic Dog

Has your canine buddy been diagnosed with diabetes? If so, Fido isn’t alone. Diabetes has risen dramatically among pets over recent years. One study–the 2016 State of Pet Health Report–showed a whopping 80 percent in the last decade! As with people, diabetes in pets is related to the body’s ability to turn food into fuel, a process we need insulin for. Being diagnosed with diabetes is by no means a death sentence. Your canine pal may just need some extra TLC. A Eau Claire, WI vet offers some advice on caring for a diabetic dog below.


Diet is extremely important here. Most diabetic pets will benefit from a low-calorie diet. Your furry bff may need to eat foods made specifically for diabetic dogs. Fido may also benefit from having some fresh veggies, such as spinach and broccoli, added to his dinner. Ask your vet for recommendations, and let that–not your pup’s theatrics–determine the doggy menu. Also, be consistent with feeding times. If your canine buddy’s dinner time changes from day to day, his sugar levels may become unstable.


Diet and exercise go hand in hand—or hand in paw—when it comes to good pet care. While every pooch has their own unique activity needs, most of our furry friends need at least a daily walk, as well as lots of playtime. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Insulin injections are extremely beneficial to both pets and people with diabetes. Your vet may recommend daily injections. This may sound overwhelming at first, but it’s really just a matter of learning what to do. Once you’ve got the hang of it, it should only take a few seconds a day.

Warning Signs

Learn to spot the signs of a blood sugar problem. Some of these include reduced appetite, weakness, lethargy, disorientation, trembling, weakness, and seizures. Contact your vet immediately if you see any of these or any other red flags.

Veterinary Care

Diabetic pets require steady monitoring. Be sure to bring Fido to the vet regularly!


Last but certainly not least, pay lots of attention to Fido, and keep that tail going. While you don’t want to spoil Fido with treats, you can pamper him with toys, playtime, belly rubs, and cuddles.

Do you have questions about caring for a diabetic pet? We can help! Contact us, your Eau Claire, WI animal clinic, anytime.

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