Diagnosing A Diabetic Dachshund

I’m always getting asked how I knew Beignet was diabetic. I admit, I almost missed it myself. During the Holidays of 2017 things were hectic as they typically are that time of year. I had noticed that one of my two doxies had been having accidents in the house, but I was never sure if it was Andouille Sausage or Beignet. On New Years 2018, I convinced myself one of the two had a UTI. I planned on taking both to the vet the following day to see which one had the infection. I took them both to my parents’ house to watch LSU play in their Bowl game. While we were there, Beignet started having accidents in their house which had never happened before. She also started drinking insane amounts of water. She was even trying to drink out of their swimming pool. Right then it hit me. I instantly knew she was diabetic and took her straight to the ER Vet where my suspicions were confirmed. So always remember, it is NOT normal for your dog (or cat or yourself) to be drinking excessively and urinating excessively. Diabetes can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. Dying from undiagnosed diabetes would be a very unpleasant way for your pet to leave this world. This is not a vet visit to put off. I might also mention that it is very treatable and not a reason to euthanize your pet. If your dog gets the diagnosis, develop a plan with your vet, plan on home testing, join Canine Diabetes Support and Information and before you know it your dog will be feeling great again!

I can’t say enough, if your dog is drinking and urinating excessively – this is NOT normal and they must be evaluated for diabetes ASAP!!! These symptoms are so often ignored and felt to be associated with another issue, but diabetes must be ruled out first!

I’m going to post some of our favorite products below. Feel free to click on any you may want to purchase! You will definitely want the washable puppy pads – they were a total gamechanger after diagnosis. I’ve yet to find a disposable pad that can handle a diabetic dog!


Devoted Doxie Mom

Author: Devoted Doxie Mom

I'm a wiener dog obsessed mom of Beignet (long haired dark red brindle) and Andouille Sausage (short hair red brindle) as well as Boudin the cat. When I'm not spending my time caring for my dachshund divas and crazy cat, I'm also a general pediatrician. My background is therefore in the care of little humans and not animals. I am not a veterinarian so am therefore not an expert on animal medical care. This blog is intended to chronicle Beignet's battle mainly with diabetes, but also chronic pancreatitis and suspected jejunal inflammatory bowel disease. We hope to help others, but you should always speak with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet's care. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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