Diabetes is caused by inadequate production of insulin by the pancreas. Without insulin, the body can't utilize sugar in the blood. The sugar builds up and soon there is an excess amount which the kidneys need to get rid of. This causes excessive urination. There is a need to compensate for the fluid loss by drinking lots of water.
Acids (keytones) are formed in the blood of diabetics because of inability to metabolize sugar. High levels will lead to a condition called ketoacidosis. It is characterized by acetone on the breath (sweet odor), labored rapid breathing and eventually a diabetic coma.
In the early stages, a dog will try to compensate for the inability to metabolize sugar by eating more food. Later, as the dog suffers the effects of malnourishment, there is a drop in appetite.
The signs of diabetes in dogs are frequent urination, drinking a lot of water, large appetite, unexplained loss of weight.
In more advanced cases there is loss of appetite, vomiting, weakness, sweet smelling breath, dehydration, labored breathing, lethargy and coma.
Treating a dog with diabetes involves insulin shots twice a day as well as a fixed meal schedule. Typically the dog must be fed at set times, twice a day, with a set amount of food. Once the food is consumed, the injection is given.
In the event of an insulin overdose, the dog will appear confused, disoriented, drowsy, may shiver and/or stagger, and may also collapse. Rubbing Karo syrup on the gums will help bring the sugar level back to normal, however it is recommended that you seek veterinary help.
In general, dogs develop Type II or adult-onset diabetes, with most dogs diagnosed after the age of five. Signs of diabetes include weight loss, increased food and water consumption and increased urination. Some owners choose to treat their dogs with clinical medicines, while others choose to treat the diabetes naturally with home remedies. There are a variety of natural herbs, as well as dietary changes, you can make that can help alleviate a dog's diabetes.
Here there are some advices to treat naturally diabetes.
You’d better to administer insulin as prescribed. Do not stop. Your dog will die without it. The steps below are designed to ease your dog's symptoms and minimize his dependency on medication, but you can never eliminate insulin. With your veterinarian's advice and support, you may be able to adjust the dose, but do not attempt this on your own.
Switch your dog to a home-cooked diet low in fat and high in protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. In a large stockpot, boil 8 cups water. Add 6 cups brown rice and 6 cups chopped vegetables. Cover and cook until water is absorbed. Start with 1/2 hour and check every half-hour until rice is done. In a skillet, brown chopped meat. You may need to do this in two or three batches. When done, mix in to the rice-and-vegetable mixture. Serve in two equal portions twice a day (morning and evening), the same portions you've been feeding your regular dog food. Keep the mixture refrigerated.
You’ll notice a rapid improvement of its conditions.