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Diabetes with Ketone Bodies in Dogs

Treatment

 

If your pet is alert and well hydrated, hospitalization may not be required. Otherwise, it is vital that the dog's bodily fluids and electrolytes are restored immediately, especially if it is lethargic or vomiting. Your veterinarian will also begin insulin therapy to reverse the high levels of sugar and ketone bodies in the blood, as well as reduce the elevated acid levels. Glucose levels will be checked every one to three hours to monitor response of the treatment. Low level of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia) is another life-threatening complication associated with this type of diabetes, which is rectified with potassium supplementation.

 

Living and Management

 

Unfortunately, the long-term prognosis for dogs with diabetic ketoacidosis is very poor. You will need to be extra vigilant of your dog during the treatment and recovery period. Look for untoward symptoms -- weight loss, vomiting, skin yellowing -- and call your veterinarian immediately if they should occur.

 

Follow the veterinarian's guidelines for dosage and timing of the insulin shots, and do not stop administering the medication without prior consent of your veterinarian. He or she will brief you about correct administration of insulin and other medicines.

 

 

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