I felt compelled to write about this for two reasons. One, a close friend lost her Westie to Diabetic Ketoacidosis last week and two, I’m constantly nagging my puppy buyers on keeping their Dachshunds at proper weight. Pet obesity is becoming an alarming epidemic in this country and along with it, the occurrence of diabetes. This is a chronic disease and requires a lifetime of care that can cost the pet owner more than $10,000 over the life of the pet. So if you can’t keep your pet at an adequate weight for their health, do it for our pocketbook.
Because obesity is the number one cause, please don’t feed your dog people food. As a SMALL treat once in awhile, that’s fine, but overfeeding especially people food is a big no no at our house. The other main cause is lack of exercise. We make an effort to walk our dogs as often as weather allows and we have friends who take their dogs swimming. Living in the rainy Pacific Northwest makes walks a challenge but it can be done. This is one of the reasons I’m so excited that our youngest puppy loves the treadmill.
This article with give you in depth information on pet diabetes and how to tell if your pet has it.