Diabetes insipidus in dogs is a condition that affects water balance in your dog’s body. This condition is rare in pets but if not recognized it can lead to severe dehydration, lethargy, coma and even death.
Diabetes insipidus in dogs results when your dog is not producing the right amount of a hormone called anitdiuretic hormone (ADH). A dog of any age or breed can acquire this disease.
Diabetes insipidus (DI) is not the same as diabetes mellitus, which is a condition that involves insulin and sugar metabolism.
There are two types of diabetes insipidus in dog:
As a dog owner you will first become aware that your dog is excessively thirsty and may seem obsessed with water. Your pet will also have to urinate more frequently and you may notice large amounts of urine produced.
Accidents may begin in dogs who had previously been house broken.
If you notice the symptoms of diabetes insipidus, take your dog to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet will conduct tests to see if the condition is present and also to determine which type of diabetes insipidus is present.
Treatment will depend on the type present:
If the condition is mild your veterinarian may not choose to treat the condition with medication and may instead encourage plenty of water for your pet. Water should never be limited for a dog with diabetes insipidus.
(1) Pets with Diabetes (2002). Diabetes insipidus. Retrieved from http://www.caninediabetes.org/pdorg/diabetes_insipidus.htm