Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Human Glucose Moniters Used Now For Dogs
The incidence of Diabetes in dogs has increased 200% over the past 30 years. Dogs are susceptible to type 1, insulin-dependent diabetes. Diabetes in dogs, is treated similarly to the way humans are treated, with insulin shots and a diet low in carbohydrates.
Veterinarians can now use a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitor), on a dog. The CGM is a small flexible device inserted about an inch into the skin to constantly monitor glucose concentrations. Researchers are hoping to make a smaller, less invasive version in the future. This device works great for monitoring the glucose levels. The CGM gives the veterinarian an accurate look at what is happening with your dog, while in his/her natural environment. Dogs get somewhat stressed by going into the Vets office and this eliminates that problem as well. When a dog is stressed, it is not a good time to analyze his blood.
Symptoms of diabetes in dogs are also similar to that in humans. Increased urination, thirst, hunger, and weight loss. A dog that is over weight and doesn't exercise is in danger of becoming diabetic. (Just like humans)
If untreated, or managed poorly, diabetes can lead to cataracts, blindness, liver failure and even death.
Dogs that have diabetes can have a long and happy life if they receive the proper treatment.
Feed your dog a healthy diet and make sure they get lots of exercise to avoid potential health problems like Diabetes.