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What to do if your diabetic dog isn't eating

What To Do If Your Diabetic Dog Isn’t Eating

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Eating is essential for diabetic dogs! This is why meal times need to be monitored carefully.

There are many reasons why your dog may not eat that have nothing to do with diabetes. Your pup could be nauseous, have dental pain, or even suffer from pancreatitis!

In this post, we will discuss why your diabetic dog may not want to eat as well as what you should do when this happens.

The Importance of Diet for Dogs with Diabetes

If you have a diabetic dog, you know how important it is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.

You also know that it’s essential for your pup to eat at designated times and in the right quantities.

Missing a meal or meals altogether can really send your dog’s blood glucose levels through the roof, which is exactly what you want to avoid with a diabetic dog.

Now, a balanced and consistent diet is important for any diabetic dog, but it’s essential if your dog is insulin-dependent. Insulin is meant to balance the blood glucose, but it only works if your dog has eaten.

Without food in his stomach, insulin can actually be dangerous and put your furry friend at risk of developing hypoglycemia.

If you don’t know what hypoglycemia is, it’s a condition in which your dog’s blood sugar levels drop to dangerous levels. We will be touching on this issue more in a sec.

The bottom line is that you are absolutely right to worry if your furry friend refuses to eat or just doesn’t eat enough.

The Dangers of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a dangerous condition and requires a trip to the vet as soon as possible because it can have serious consequences.

But how do you know if your dog is suffering from hypoglycemia?

You’ll know this is the case if your pup is experiencing these symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Seizures
  • Coma

In more serious cases, hypoglycemia can lead to death, so it’s not a joking matter at all.

Why Your Diabetic Dog Stops Eating

Diabetic or not, dogs can have a loss of appetite from time to time. Anyone can.

But if your dog is diabetic, it is more essential than ever that he eats!

So let’s get into why he may not be eating.

Well, the reasons for your dog not eating can range from something as simple as occasional nausea to something more serious like pancreatitis.

To know what is going on with your furry friend, as always, you’ll need to pay attention to the symptoms.

Here are the most probable reasons why your pup refuses to eat:

1. Nausea

If your pup is experiencing symptoms like excessive drooling, obsessive swallowing, vomiting, and refusal to eat, he could be nauseous.

Nausea can be caused by different reasons. Maybe your dog ate something that didn’t agree with him, or maybe it’s a sign of something else like stress or a medical condition.

2. Pancreatitis

Your dog could also have pancreatitis. Pay attention to symptoms like abdominal pain, vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, and a refusal to eat.

Get your pup to the vet if you see these symptoms.

3. Dental Pain

Dental issues make it harder for your dog to eat, so this could very well be the reason for his refusal to eat.

A quick look at his mouth and teeth should let you know if this is the case or not.

4. Behavioral issues

Your dog can just decide not to eat because he doesn’t like the food.

You can try switching out his food. But remember that, because your dog is diabetic, you should never do this without the help and advice of a vet.

You know how an appropriate diet is crucial for diabetic dogs!

5. Infections

Diabetic dogs are very prone to infections. This is because the high blood sugar levels weaken the immune system and make it more difficult for the body to prevent and treat infections.

Urinary-tract infections are especially common.

Your dog may not be eating because he just doesn’t feel right.

What To Do If Your Diabetic Dog Isn’t Eating

Consistent meals are very important in the life of diabetic dogs.

The intake of insulin depends on the meals, and as you know, your dog needs to have his insulin.

If your pup refuses to eat, it’s better to skip an insulin dosage. Doing this will be a lot less dangerous than risking hypoglycemia.

Don’t panic yet, though. Wait until the next meal and see.

If your dog still isn’t eating, you need to take him to the vet. This could be a sign of a medical condition that requires attention.

How To Help a Diabetic Dog Eat More

If your pup doesn’t seem interested in eating or isn’t eating enough in each meal, there are a few tricks you can try.

  • Mix a special treat (approved for diabetic dogs, of course) into his food that you know your dog loves. This might make his food more appealing.
  • Play a game that involves food. If your dog is having fun, he might take the food you give him, bit by bit. This is also a good way to not overwhelm your dog’s stomach with a lot of food at once if he happens to be nauseous.
  • Try a different food brand or switch between dry and wet food. You can try new sources of protein with no added sugars in them like tuna, chicken or fish. – Ask your vet for help changing your pup’s diet.

Ultimately, anything you can think of to make food more interesting to your furry friend might help.

Closing Thoughts

Caring for a diabetic dog isn’t easy. You need to pay close attention to your pup, especially during meal times, because a diabetic dog not eating is a serious matter!

Do your best to coerce your furry friend to eat by using some tricks, but if he still isn’t eating and is insulin-dependent, get advice from a vet. You might need to take your pup in for a consultation.

Finally, and most importantly, never give your dog insulin when he hasn’t eaten. Don’t forget!

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