Dog Diabetes: What to Watch For

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Diabetes-Related Emergencies

Diabetes in dogs is treated with insulin, much the same way as it is in humans. But if too much or too little insulin is administered, it can be very dangerous for the animal.

What To Watch For Diabetes causes high blood sugar levels and is signaled primarily by excessive urination, excessive drinking, increased appetite and weight loss. In cases where the diabetes is not treated promptly and allowed to progress to the point of a crisis, symptoms may include a loss of appetite, weakness, seizures, twitching, and intestinal problems (diarrhea or constipation).

Primary Cause

Diabetic emergencies can be caused by either injecting too much or too little insulin, or not treating the diabetes in the first place. Both cases are equally dangerous for the dog and can cause coma or death. In cases where the diabetes is not treated, it can progress to diabetic ketoacidosis, a very serious condition that can cause death of your pet. Diabetic ketoacidosis can also be seen in dogs where the diabetes had been regulated and yet in which another condition has developed affecting the body’s ability to regulate the diabetes.

Immediate Care

If signs of an insulin dosage problem are noticed, it should be treated as an extreme emergency. The following steps may provide aid to your dog until you are able to bring her to a veterinarian (which should be as quickly as possible):

Syringe liquid glucose into the dog’s mouth. This can be in the form of corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, etc. If the dog is having a seizure, lift its lips and rub glucose syrup on the gums. Be careful not to get bit.

Veterinary Care

Depending on the cause of the crisis, dogs suffering from diabetic emergencies may need to be given glucose or insulin intravenously. In cases of diabetic ketoacidosis, hospitalization is required to provide insulin and electrolyte therapy. Glucose levels will be checked every one to three hours to monitor response of the treatment.


Once the emergency has passed, normal insulin treatment will resume.

Living and Management

Always make sure you have a supply of glucose, honey, or corn syrup available for emergencies. Follow your vet’s instructions for the proper schedule and dosage of insulin treatments. Keep the insulin in a fridge and before administering, make sure it has not expired. The insulin should also be rolled — never shaken — prior to administration.


Obesity has been linked to diabetes; consult with your veterinarian if weight loss can be of assistance in your dog’s case. Also, be cautious when administering steroids (i.e., prednisone), as chronic use of the drug may cause the onset of diabetes in dogs.

If you are unable to consult with your veterinarian, you can check your dog’s symptoms on with the Symptom Checker tool.

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Brigitte Bardot Defends Killer Dog Who Mauled Child

Sixties sex symbol and animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot is on the wrong end of criticism again as she defends a bull terrier that attacked a four-year-old child, leaving her severely disfigured.

Bardot has appealed to the local mayor in Boulogne to lobby for Prince, a six-year-old dog considered highly dangerous, to be allowed the same rights as a human being who under similar circumstances would receive a prison sentence and not a death sentence.

[adsense]Brigitte Bardot is considered an eccentric due to her commitment to animal welfare and involvement with various other controversial causes which have led to her being labelled both a racist and a homophobe.

She previously courted controversy after her accusation that Muslims were to blame for the declivity of France’s character and whilst it’s fairly easy to understand why she thinks this way, having lived for seventy-six years and watched as humans became more and more depraved, family values disappeared, crime rates soared and the world in general became a far less safe and beautiful place, thanks to the apparent ‘evolution’ of the human race, her case isn’t helped by the fact that her current husband used to be an adviser to the far right-wing national front party.

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot: sex symbol, model, actress and a staunch advocate of animal rights.

But despite what some consider her eccentricities, her reputation for embodying French style during the 1950s and 1960s and as one of the original sex symbols of the era continues to endure, and when it comes to the welfare of animals, Bardot has been a fierce proponent for many years.

Prince’s owners and the parents of the mauled child have demanded that the dog be put down but Bardot insists that the dog’s life should be spared and given the same treatment that human beings are given, ie life imprisonment.

Prince, who attacked the child in her sleep, is currently being held in doggy death row, whilst he awaits lethal injection.

Prince’s owners bought him from a pet stop three weeks prior to the attack, and upon returning to the pet shop, found his previous owner had died of old age and that Prince had started eating his dead body.

Brigitte Bardot - 76 years of age.

Brigitte Bardot - asks for the same rights for animals that humans have.

Bardot is certainly not condoning the attack on the poor child, but it sounds like the pet shop are to blame for selling a dog with such a history to a family with a small child. Prince is an animal, if his owner dies and he has nothing to eat, meat is meat and meat is dinner. Human beings in dire situations have been known to do the same. It’s called survival. Prince didn’t kill his owner.

“We have abolished the death penalty for humans, so why should it continue for animals?” Bardot argues, “The dog should be held in prison for life rather than be put down.”

Bardot called the attack on the young girl “dreadful” but is demanding that Prince be ‘pardoned’ for his ‘crime’ and has launched a petition to try and save the dog’s life. She is of course being accused of showing more compassion to animals than to people.

An editorial that appeared recently in French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur accused Brigitte Bardot’s defence of the animal as “outrageous, shocking and sad”. Continuing “Our western world is so dehumanized that people prefer animals, especially dogs.”

Perhaps that is because dogs generally don’t wage war on each other, they don’t kill each other needlessly, they don’t torture and they aren’t paedophiles, and because human beings are destroying the very world in which they live. People are raped and murdered; children kidnapped and sold as slaves, teenagers are knifed and shot, wars rage and riots destabilise communities. Animals aren’t to blame for any of this, humans are. They are crimes perpetrated by humans. So what if people like Bardot want to protect them?

Brigitte Bardot - sixties sex symbol

Brigitte Bardot: the 1960's French sex symbol stands accused of caring more about animals than humans. Someone has to.

I also prefer animals to human beings. That doesn’t mean I hate human beings or that I condone Prince eating the poor girl’s face off. It’s truly horrific and deeply tragic and I genuinely pity the child. But like Bardot says, why shouldn’t animals have the same rights as human beings? It wasn’t so long ago that racial segregation was considered ok and it was only through ceaseless campaigning that women were eventually considered equal and allowed to vote.

As an animal lover, I pray for the day when human beings finally realise that they share this planet with many other species, they don’t own it,  and they don’t have the right to retain power over animals just because they don’t cover their bodies in clothing, sit in front of computers all day, drive around in tin cans expelling toxic waste into the atmosphere, spend their lives watching grown men kicking a ball backwards and forwards between two nets,  or television programmes where they watch other people living fake lives instead of living their own, even destroying their own planet for themselves, their beloved children and everyone and everything else on it. They aren’t inferior to us, they are just like us, before we began thinking that we owned the place and assumed power over everything else on the planet because we can think creatively and were clever enough to build weapons that we can use to kill each other.  To see how great humans are, you only have to look at political regimes, football, soap operas, our obsession with appearance, war, and reality TV programmes. Just look at Warren Jeffs to see how great human beings can be.

Human power over other species is arrogant and very wrong. Just like burning women in the name of heresy and the Ku Klux Klan was wrong.

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Belgian Malinois is the secret hero of Bin Laden's fake death

The propaganda is still being spun after the much publicised and, as far as I’m concerned, fictional discovery and murder of Osama Bin Laden. The media treated us to a rare day of peace and quiet after his supposed death to allow a glorious victory for America and its premier, the do-nothing Barack Osama, er.. Obama to revel in the limelight and push desperately ailing popularity ratings right back up nearing a crucial election time.

With the backing of former president George W. Bush, or as I like to call him, “Fuckarse”, it seems the liberal minded, democratic republican is once again the golden boy.

Progress... Maybe, but not as expected Mr. President.

It now transpires that his credit stealing has been found out though as news today is claiming that the mastermind behind the operation wasn’t in fact Obama and top CIA bods but instead a Belgian Malinois whose identity must of course be kept secret to avoid violently deadly reprisals.

Having heard Obama speak without autocue I can safely say that a dog would indeed have more chance of pulling off this fictional coup than the not-black-not-white-but-still-America’s-first-black-president President.

Now before we get into a hot debate over the publishing of death pictures (or lack of) and Obama’s lame excuse about how they might be used as propaganda to incite violence against US citizens, or how all of a sudden all the talk is about revenge attacks by Al Qaeda operatives meaning that we can expect to see more terrorist activity which when explained will have so many holes in the story that people will be shouting “INSIDE JOB” for the next decade at least, let’s spare a thought for the poor dogs that are sent to war so that our leaders can sleep well at night with a clear consciense as they lie to us through their lying bastard teeth.

Belgian Malinois - he may be cute but he's a brute

A Belgian Malinois just like this one spearheaded the operation to capture Osama Bin Laden

Some of you may remember the dog who used to roam the American countryside making new friends everywhere he went. Well, seems that extremely popular character has inspired Navy Seals to employ a similar tactic.

For sake of argument let’s call it the ‘Hobo Effect’, whereby the US Navy has license to kill anyone they want, but because they use a fluffy dog with a nice face people say, “awwww” while contorting their faces into a sort of fawning-parent-cum-retard arrangement, instead of “awwwww my god they’re murdering people in cold blood.”

Yes these sniffer dogs are used in bomb disposal operations and the like, and they risk their lives every day in wars that aren’t even valid – especially Afghanistan.

Let’s put this into perspective.

A dog can be used to sniff people out if they’re holed up inside a building as has been confirmed by Major William Roberts, commander of the Defense Department’s Military Working Dog Center at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas who made the most obvious statement of the day, nay, possibly ever when he said: “Dogs are very good at detecting people inside of a building.”

I suppose next you’ll be telling us that rain is very good at making us wet as well.

My initial problem with this theory of ‘warm-hearted, beast triumphs of evil terrorist with cuteness’, is that Bin Laden’s compound was supposedly sealed up tighter than a goldfish’s sphincter, so how did a dog get in there to sniff him out?

You’re right, I could be speaking with extreme naivety, so by all means please explain that to me.

The dog in question is an explosives sniffer. Now, I’m no expert on terrorists but I am fairly sensible when it comes to living with dynamite, Semtex or C4 or whatever. Again, naivety could playing its part, but would you seriously hide in a house full of explosives if you were trying to keep a low profile?

Bin laden does a few jobs around the house including a DIY security system

Lloyd Grossman wasn't keen on a 'Through The Keyhole' special at Osama Bin Laden's place

To me, and I’m going out on a limb here as usual, this smacks of vying for public favour by using a cute, fluffy animal to win over the hearts of the more cynical news followers while anchoring the converted firmly in place.

So to all you blind believers who think the media wouldn’t lie and that animals are cute and fluffy and win illegal wars for us by being lovely and playful while living happy lives, let’s spare a thought for Remco who was posthumously awarded a Silver Star after service in Afghanistan.

Poor Remco died so that Bush (Fuckarse) could increase his stake in the oil industry.

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