dogI lost my bestfriend to a undetected form of diabetes. Beethoven Died May 19, 2009. One of the saddest days of my life. I want to share my story so you can save your loved fury loved one ~ in time.

During your dog’s next routine veterinary exam,  ask for your animal to be tested for diabetes especially over the age of 7 -9 years old, Diabetes is more predominate in certain breeds. All breeds should be checked routinely.  Diabetes is a silent killer in animals, it’s onset is so fast and results so deadly. Often at the vets during routine visits blood work is not done for diabetes. Often visits consist of heart worm, distemper, rabies, quick check up and weight. Ask the vet for your breed of animal what routine diseases they may develop and if you can have a diabetes testing. It could be the difference to save your pet’s life.

I wish I had seen signs sooner. When the signs do become visible it’s often to late to prevent the onset of what has occurred already over time. I am broken with the loss of my dear fury friend. – I deeply miss my best friend Beethoven. He was my son. He was an extremelyimportant and vital part of my life. In loving memory of Beethoven, I want to try to prevent and save another animal from going undetected and dieing from the disease diabetes.

I urge you to please ask your vet for routine labs including diabetes to be done. I was told thousands of animals yearly especially dogs go undetected until it’s to late and death is the result.

Dog diabetes is a disease that doesn’t have many external causes. This means most of the causes of this disease can’t be prevented or controlled. One of the main reasons why dog diabetes develops is heredity. This means that if the dog’s parents have diabetes, it is very likely that the offspring will also inherit the same problem.

Canine diabetes usually surfaces when a dog is seven to nine years old. Female dogs are at higher risks than male dogs, because of the changes in their reproductive hormones every time they get pregnant. Other breeds that are prone to developing this disease are miniature pinschers, cairn terriers, and keeshonds. These dogs have a genetic structure that is more prone to developing dog diabetes than other breeds. The same is true with dachshunds, poodles, beagles, and miniature schnauzers.

Diabetes is a common occurrence in dogs. It is suffered by one out of every ten dogs, It is slowly increasing over time, which is also true of diabetes in humans. This autoimmune disease is a critical condition that has to be addressed immediately. Diabetes can slowly affect the entire body system of your dog and eventually cause its death.

Diabetes strikes like a silent killer. It rarely produces symptoms and yet, its ill effects can extend to an irreversible condition inside the body. This is the reason why diagnosing canine diabetes early on is very important. When discovered at a much later time, veterinarians may have limited options when treating your pet.

Routine testing and early detection will help your pet to live a happy and healthy life.

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