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LIONS FOUNDATION OF CANADA DOG GUIDES

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1983. It’s the largest school of its kind in Canada with its training school in Oakville and breeding facility in Breslau.

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Management and Prevention of Diabetes in Dogs

While diabetes in dogs may not be curable, it can be managed quite successfully.

Managing Diabetes in Dogs

Here is an overview of how to manage and treat diabetes in dogs:

  • Daily insulin shots given by owners at home to replace insulin
  • Regular, moderate exercise that suits the affected dog’s needs
  • New diet: Typically a low-fat diet high in proteins, fibre and complex carbohydrates
  • Test and adjust medication/treatment: finding the correct dosage may take some time
  • Monitor affected dogs at home with a daily glucose-monitoring system
  • Ongoing management of diet, exercise and medication
  • Going for regular vet check-ups
  • Stay positive

Preventing Diabetes in Dogs

As a dog owner, you can prevent or reduce your dog’s risk of developing diabetes by:

  1. Controlling Your Dog’s Weight

    Obesity contributes to insulin resistance and can increase a dog’s chances of developing pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), a disease that leads to diabetes.

  2. Spaying Your Dog

    Unspayed females are twice as likely to develop diabetes as male dogs. Spaying also helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer (the latter of which is fatal in about 50% of dogs).

  3. Taking Your Dog for Routine Check-ups and in Between Visits When Necessary

    Dogs can’t tell you when they feel unwell or show you exactly where it hurts. That’s why subtle physical and behavioural changes should never be ignored. So, apart from routine check-ups (typically once a year), have your dog checked out even if you’re just mildly concerned about something.

  4. Providing Proper Nutrition

    It’s no secret that quality dog food makes a huge difference, but the problem is usually the price tag attached to it. Discuss your options with your vet. Perhaps you can combine a more affordable brand with vet-approved snacks and treats, including fruits and vegetables.

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