Causes of Diabetes in Labs
- Diabetes in Labrador Retrievers is quite common to the breed. Most often it occurs in the later years of life.
- An unhealthy immune system can cause diabetes.
- Keeping blood sugars at a normal level is important to preventing further medical conditions such as blindness and kidney failure ( More information about kidney failure in labradors ).
- Overweight dogs seem to have an increased risk of developing complications of diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Labradors
- The two most evident symptoms of diabetes in Labrador Retrievers are an increased thirst and excessive urination. The dog will void large amounts of urine frequently.
- Other symptoms are
- Excessive hunger
- Weight loss (if diabetes is treated within time)
- Read more about symptoms of diabetes in dogs
Treatments for Diabetes in Labrador Retrievers
- In some dogs, medication like insulin may be necessary to keep blood sugars stable.
- Many times, changing the diet gives remarkable results and increases your pets quality and longevity of life.
- Unfortunately many commercial dog foods and treats are laden with sugar or high in carbs which end up metabolizing into sugar.
- Home cooking for your pet seems to be the best way to be sure of exactly what is going into your dogs food.
- It takes a lot of planning and time, but has proven to be very effective in keeping your furry, four legged friend, healthy for many years.
- The diet should be low in fat and carbohydrates and high in fiber. Supplements should be given to help the immune system function efficiently. Antioxidants are essential.
- Vitamins A,C, and E, have antioxidant properties that help remove deadly toxins from the system. Selenium, green tea, Coenzyme Q 10, and mushrooms are terrific additions to any pets diet.
- Any dog that is on insulin should have regular meals and a healthy snack in between.
- Insulin can make the blood sugar drop too low which can cause significant medical issues that can be just as dangerous as elevated sugar levels.