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My dog was diagnosed with canine diabetes. Now what?

Published: May 22, 2012

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If your dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes, you might feel relieved that you know the cause for all those worrisome clinical signs your dog has been showing. However, it can be overwhelming to first learn about the diabetes treatments.

The type of treatment will depend on the diagnosis. Diabetes insipidus, also known as "watery diabetes," is treated with an antidiuretic hormone, while diabetes mellitus, the much more common "sugar diabetes," is treated using insulin. Consistent feeding and a stable, stress-free environment are also crucial to treating diabetes mellitus in dogs, according to VCA Animal Hospitals.

Giving shots to dogs is something most owners assume only their veterinarian will have to do, but if your canine has diabetes, shots might be a part of daily life. Usually, veterinarians prescribe an insulin treatment for dogs with diabetes. Even if you don't know how to give a dog a shot, your veterinarian can teach you. VCA reports that there is no need to fear inflicting pain on the animal, since the shots are very small and cause minimal pain.

According to WebMD Pets, the insulin should be injected into loose skin anywhere along the dog's neck or back, but try to give it in a different spot every time. 


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.