Miniature Schnauzer Diabetes
Canine diabetes results when your Schnauzer's body is unable to regulate its blood sugar levels due to an insulin deficiency. Insulin is the hormone the body produces to regulate blood sugar levels. It plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to use and store glucose.
Here's a simple explanation of how it works:
When your Miniature Schnauzer eats, his dog food is converted to glucose. Glucose is a simple sugar that provides energy to all the cells in your Miniature Schnauzer's body. Insulin is produced by the pancreas
to allow the cells to receive the glucose from the blood so your Miniature Schnauzer's body can use it.
If the pancreas fail to produce insulin, glucose remains in your Miniature Schnauzer's bloodstream. Now your Miniature Schnauzer's body cells are not receiving any glucose, so they send signals to your Miniature Schnauzer's liver to step in and start producing some.
So, your Miniature Schnauzer's liver begins producing glucose (called glycogen). Glycogen is then released and now your Miniature Schnauzer is receiving even more glucose in its blood.
As a result, blood glucose levels rise even higher and which causes a whole host of problems to begin occurring in your Miniature Schnauzer. It is therefore super important to keep your dog's blood sugar levels within a healthy range.
dog health tip: Did you know cinnamon helps reduce blood sugar levels and is often taken as an antioxidant. So add a teaspoon of cinnamon the next time you bake some homemade dog treats for your Miniature Schnauzer!
Being aware of the warning signs of canine diabetes is very important because if left untreated, it can lead to many serious health conditions including blindness, coma and death!
Warning Signs of Dog Diabetes
- Sudden Weight Loss or Weight Gain
- Excessive Water Consumption
- Excessive Eating & Appetite
- Excessive Urination (including potty accidents)
- Increase or Decrease in Appetite
- Poor Skin & Coat condition
- Change or Decrease in Vision
A diagnosis can be confirmed by your vet doing a simple blood test and urine analysis of your Miniature Schnauzer. If there are high amounts of glucose in either test, diabetes is likely.
dog health tip: The symptoms of this disease can be very subtle at first, and sometimes go undetected until the dog is in the advanced stages.
Once the diagnosis has been confirmed, your vet will determine the best course of treatment for your Miniature Schnauzer.
The treatment goals for the disease are to return your Miniature Schnauzer back to normal health and prevent any of the the complications that can arise from high glucose levels in the blood.
Glucose Wellness for Dogs:
This formula combines botanicals, flavonoids and health co-factors to help maintain optimal blood sugar levels, and helps promotes regular functioning of insulin.
dog health tip: Knowing that Miniature Schnauzers are prone to canine diabetes, feeding smaller more frequent meals during the day, may help regulate insulin levels and help prevent the onset of this disease. A healthy diet consisting of low-fat and low carbs with high-fiber foods is often best suited to keep blood sugar levels stable, along with regular exercise.
Diabetes is as manageable in dogs, as it is in humans.
Through proper treatment, which will probably include insulin injections, a special diet and exercise regimen, your Miniature Schnauzer can live a very long life.
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- Help reduce circulating levels of corticosteroids
- Encourage health of coat and prevent hair loss
- Balance blood pressure and blood sugar levels
- Reduce excessive thirst and urination
- Promote optimal strength and health of the skin
- Improve digestive functioning
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