• My Schnauzer was recently diagnosed with diabetes. What kind of behavioral changes could indicate complications and we should be on the lookout for?

    Hi Lisa,
    I recommend that you talk to your local veterinarian about this question. Some of the behaviors or symptoms of disease can vary depending on your individual pet and how well the diabetes is controlled. In general, the biggest thing to keep an eye out for is low blood sugar. This can present a few different ways including severe lethargy, confusion, collapsing, or even seizures. If you see any of these signs, you need to take him into see a veterinarian immediately. Your vet may recommend a source of quick glucose for you to have on hand if this occurs. Other potential things to watch for include increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, and not wanting to eat. If you see any of these signs, your vet should know about them but it is not an emergency like the low blood sugar. Diabetes in dogs is also associated with cataracts so you may notice consolidation or haziness in the lens of both eyes or even decreased vision. For recommendations specific to your pet your local vet will be your best resource since they know your pet’s medical history.

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