How to Protect Your Shih Tzu from Diabetes

As with humans, diabetes is common in dogs as well. However, while there is little evidence to suggest that dogs get Type 2 Diabetes, they can develop Type 1 which means that their bodies cannot generate enough insulin to keep the blood sugar amount in check.

While Type 1 Diabetes cannot be cured, it can be regulated and with sustained treatments your dog can live a long, healthy life. However, you must recognize the symptoms of diabetes first in order to get your pooch the proper treatment.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Diabetes

There are a number of symptoms that your dog will display if they have diabetes which includes the following;

  • Constant Hunger or Thirst
  • Accidents in the Home
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Vomiting
  • Depression or Lethargy

There is an increase in urination which may lead housetrained dogs to start urinating in places where they were warned away from before. Vomiting, depression or lethargy are late-stage symptoms of diabetes, but only through medical tests will it be determined that your dog has diabetes.


Treatment for Diabetes

In most cases your dog will require regular dosages of insulin in order to combat the increase in blood sugar in their system. In more severe cases, your dog may have to stay in the hospital for a short time in order to stabilize the blood sugar levels. At this time, the vet will show you how to inject the dog with insulin on a regular basis. The delivery systems include the following;

  • Syringes
  • Pumps
  • Pens
  • Inhalers
  • Jet Injectors

If you have pet insurance, they may cover only one type of delivery system so be sure to check before selecting the one to use for your dog. You may want to talk to your insurance agent to find out all the options that are available.


Your dog will have to have a strict diet that regulates the calorie intake and helps stabilize the blood sugar levels so that will not spike as high when the dog is consuming food. While the ideal diet has yet to be discovered, feeding you dog plenty of fiber helps in that it slows down the intake levels of sugar and helps the dog feel fuller after eating.


Exercise will not only keep your dog in shape, but will also help regulate the blood sugar amount in the body. It is important that your dog gets exercise on a daily basis which can include walking, jogging with your dog, or simply playing for fifteen minutes or so per day depending on what your vet says will be helpful. Remember that exercise will also assist in helping your dog lose excess weight.

You will need to work with your vet to ensure the best plan for your dog. By keeping their blood sugar levels in check, your dog should live a normal, healthy life which means that you and your dog will spend many happy years together even with the presence of diabetes.


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1 Response

  1. John B says:

    Our baby girl Precious was diabetic and did live a long life with no problems. I would also recommend keeping their liver checked. Precious started having seizures and had to be put to rest, the seizures affected her brain and a painfully decision had to be made. I read a post from someone who’s baby had what she said was a “liver shunt” which was preventing the dog liver from clearing out the toxins from the body and it would have caused seizures and the other symptoms our Precious was showing. The women also said it was something often over looked and missed by Vets.

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