Do dogs with diabetes have a shorter lifespan?

Do dogs with diabetes have a shorter lifespan?

The condition is treatable and need not shorten the animal’s life span or interfere with quality of life. If left untreated, the condition can lead to cataracts, increasing weakness in the legs (neuropathy), malnutrition, ketoacidosis, dehydration, and death.

How many units of insulin should I give my dog?

INSULIN DOSE:The usual starting dose is about ¼ unit per pound of body weight. Thus, a 20 lb. dog would start at 5 units; 40 lb.

How long after my dog eats should I give him his insulin?

Dog should be fed the same amount and type of food roughly every 12 hours. Insulin injections should be given immediately after meals so the dog’s dose can be lowered if he eats less than normal.

What to do if you run out of insulin for your dog?

Overdosage or missing an injection of insulin If your pet is given too much insulin, life-threatening hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can result. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

When did Westie get diagnosed with Westie lung disease?

It was during the pre operation checks in November 2012 that the vet noticed some crackling in her lung, which was later diagnosed as Westie Lung Disease (WLD). Our subsequent research revealed that there was nothing that could be done about WLD & that our beloved pet would only have months to live-we were devastated!

What should I Feed my 7 year old Westie?

Choose foods based on your dog’s age; for dogs over 7 years old, you can purchase age-specific foods that contain fewer calories and more fiber. If you want to prevent staining of the white fur around the Westie’s mouth, avoid foods that contain food coloring.

What kind of allergies does a Westie have?

Westies can suffer from atopic dermatitis and allergies, according to the Westie Foundation of America. Some dog food manufacturers offer special foods to help address food allergies. Consult your veterinarian about food choices that may help your allergy-prone Westie.

How old was Molly Westie when she died?

Thank you Molly for being part of our lives for over 7 years & bringing us so much love & pleasure-you were a ‘one off’ loved by everyone who were fortunate to know you. You are a hard act to follow & we miss you terribly, RIP. Thanks, Tom & Elaine I was very moved reading your site. We have a 14 year old westie called Angus.