High blood sugar in dogs is a blood glucose level that is over the normal range of 75 to 120 mg. When a dog is hyperglycemic or suffering from high blood sugar, it could be due to stress. Symptoms may also indicators of a more severe underlying disorder such as diabetes mellitus or pancreatitis. Here are some important things about high blood sugar in dogs.
It has a relation to old age and gender
Various studies reveal that high blood sugar is more common in older dogs and female dogs. It appears that senior dogs are more predisposed to this condition. Consequently, female dogs are more susceptible to this condition than male dogs. There are no clear results to establish the exact reason for the development of hyperglycemia in dogs.
It can be caused by infections
Moderate elevation of blood glucose levels can be indicative of infections. It could be caused by different types of infections such as:
- Bladder infections
- Kidney infections
- Dental infections
Quite often, elevation in blood glucose levels can occur due to various reasons such as medications, exertion, stress and diet. Moderate blood glucose elevation can often happen due to hormonal imbalances (Hyperadrenocorticism) and inflammatory conditions such as Pancreatitis. If the level of glucose is persistently high in the bloodstream, Diabetes Mellitus could be the underlying cause.
High blood sugar in dogs can be caused by medication
Yes, it is possible. In all those cases where medications are found to be the reason for the development of hyperglycemia, vets can stop the use of the same in case they find a suitable alternative. It is important to follow the guidelines and recommendations of vets in order to be on the safe side.
High blood sugar in dogs causes more thirst
If your dog has been exhibiting signs such as weakness, increased thirst etc for some time now, it is better that you schedule an appointment with a vet as fast as possible. There can also be other problems such as enlarged liver, obesity, hyperactivity, infection of the kidney or urinary tract, infections getting worse, wounds not healing properly, cataracts, excessive hunger etc. Leaving high blood glucose unattended and unmanaged for a long time can only increase your vet bills in the long run. Early prevention and management can keep your dog healthier.
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