Canine Diabetes Symptoms – Recognizing The Warning Signs

Canine diabetes symptoms can be subtle so you as the owner must be observant and note any changes in your dog’s behavior or routine. Dogs are susceptible to diabetes, just as humans are and the symptoms and treatments are similar but early diagnosis is vital.

If canine diabetes symptoms are detected early, the condition can often be successfully treated. If left untreated serious health conditions can develop including problems with your dog’s eyes, weakness of the legs, dehydration, and in some cases death.

Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and note if any of these canine diabetes symptoms are currently present in your four-legged friend:

  1. Your dog needs to go outside more often and is urinating more frequently and in greater volume
  2. Your house trained dog begins to have wetting accidents in the house
  3. Your dog is emptying his or her water dish more frequently and seems unable to get enough to drink
  4. Your dog seems unusually lethargic without explanation
  5. Your dog is gaining or losing weight without cause. Notify your vet if you notice any appreciable weight gain or lose especially if your pet is losing weight yet remains ravenously hungry.
  6. Your dog suffers from frequent infections such as urinary tract infections, gum infections or fungal infections

Canine diabetes symptoms can develop gradually over time making them hard to recognize. "Sometimes dogs with diabetes don’t show any of these symptoms because the disease changes their bodily functions so slowly. For this reason, this disease is often known as a silent killer" (1).

If your dog does not currently suffer from diabetes, then you should take steps to keep your dog healthy. Diabetes in dogs can often be prevented when proper steps are taken.

To prevent diabetes in your pet:

  • Manage your dog’s weight and keep him or her from becoming overweight
  • Follow a diabetes dog diet that is high in fiber and complex carbohydrates and low in sugar and fat
  • Have your female dog spayed. High estrogen levels can contribute to diabetes problems
  • Take your dog for regular walks or on frequent trips to the dog park for exercise.

By paying attention to your dog’s behaviors and learning to recognize canine diabetes symptoms early you can detect diabetes in its early stages and begin your dog on a proper treatment regimen that can prevent serious health consequences.

(1) Dog Health Problems (2010). Canine diabetes symptoms. Retrieved from


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