Diabetes And Metabolism
Learn Why Continuous Glucose Monitors Are A Game Changer For Parents of Diabetic Dogs and Cats
Canine diabetes is a disease characterized by a dog's inability to properly regulate her blood glucose. This is a hugely significant problem because high levels of blood glucose are acutely toxic for dogs. Left unchecked, lingering high glucose will cause horrible damage, even death.
Unfortunately, canine blood glucose levels fluctuate naturally throughout the day, spiking with particular ferocity after the ingestion of carbohydrate-rich meals. Fortunately, most dogs can manage glucose spikes just fine. Because their bodies produce a substance called insulin, a hormone whose job is to bring glucose levels back under control by shuttling it out of the blood and into fat cells and other places where it can be stored stably.