Discovering that your pet has diabetes is painful at best, but it is something that can be coped with. Unlike some injuries and afflictions, a dog can go on to be perfectly happy and even healthy in their life so long as their diabetes is managed appropriately, just as with a person. However, as with a person, this takes managing the dog’s diabetes, which can be a more difficult task. Unlike a human, a dog can’t understand that they have diabetes and take care of themselves, putting the responsibility off on the owner. However, managing a dog’s diabetes is entirely possible.
The first thing that’s easiest to overlook is exercise. Dogs can use exercise just like people can. While it might seem that they get most of this from their play at home, this often isn’t enough. Remember, dogs don’t know they need to exercise in the same way! Getting them out of the house and keeping them active is a good step to take.
Next is diet. Diabetic dog food can be found at reasonably affordable prices at any dedicated pet store. You’ll have a hard time finding it in supermarkets, but it does exist. Always read the label carefully to make sure you’re getting what your pup needs, and always feed them the recommended amounts.
Naturally, you should consult the advice of your veterinarian for how to best help a diabetic dog, but these are some good rudimentary steps that can keep your pet healthy for years to come.