What Are The Final Stages of Diabetes in Dogs?

Diabetic dogs that have suffered from complications for a long time will generally present with progressively worsening symptoms. In the case of aggressive treatment, some dogs may still live a fairly long life despite the complications. However, at some point, even aggressive treatments can no longer manage their symptoms. So, what are the final stages of dog diabetes?

Final stages of dog diabetes

Final stages of dog diabetes

In the final stages, diabetes can affect nearly all of your pet’s body systems. Your dog becomes very sick. He may be vomiting and have diarrhea. His skin may be dry and flaky, and he’ll likely be drinking a lot of water.

They will develop diabetic ketoacidosis complications which cause the body to use fat stores for energy instead, but this process produces ketones that build up in the blood. As ketone levels rise, they begin to affect brain function, causing symptoms such as seizures, coma, and even death.

Diabetes can also lead to infections of the skin and feet, cataracts, blindness, and neuropathy (nerve damage).

What is the average life expectancy of a diabetic dog?

The average life expectancy of a diabetic dog is 5 to 7 years less than an unaffected dog, but there are so many variables that make this difficult to predict accurately.

Some dogs will live happily with diabetes for many years, while others succumb to complications related to the disease within months of diagnosis.

The only way to know how long your dog will live with diabetes is to keep them under close veterinary supervision and control their diet and lifestyle as much as possible.

The most common cause of death for diabetic dogs is kidney failure. This is usually because the high blood sugar levels caused by diabetes damage the kidneys over time. There are several factors that can affect your dog’s lifespan, including his overall health and diet.

Do all diabetic dogs go blind?

Not all diabetic dogs go blind. Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which leads to bleeding and scarring. This can result in vision loss.

If your dog has diabetes, it’s important to get regular eye exams as early as possible so that any problems can be identified and treated before they become severe.

How long can a dog live with diabetes without insulin?

When he stops receiving insulin injections, he may be able to survive for a few days before developing life-threatening complications. However, this is highly individualized and depends on many factors.

The longer your dog goes without insulin, the more likely he will develop complications such as cataracts, kidney failure, and ketoacidosis (a dangerous condition that results from too much acid in the blood). Dogs with diabetic ketoacidosis are at risk for brain swelling and death within 24 hours.

Should I put my diabetic dog down if he is still eating?

You should never put an animal down if he is still eating and otherwise healthy unless there is an underlying disease that will eventually cause him to be in pain. In that case, it may be kinder to let him go sooner rather than later.

As long as he’s eating and drinking, there’s no reason to think that your dog needs to be put down. Diabetes mellitus can be managed with insulin injections and careful monitoring of blood glucose levels.

If you decide that your dog’s quality of life isn’t good enough and don’t want him to suffer any longer, it may be time to say goodbye.

When to euthanize a dog with diabetes?

In general, diabetic dogs who are in a coma, and not eating or drinking water should be put down. Other reasons why a diabetic dog may need to be put down could be major organ failure, or if it has no quality of life.

The question of when to put a diabetic dog down is always a difficult one. If the dog is elderly and suffering from other health issues, the decision may be made more easily. But if the dog is young and healthy, then the decision can be more difficult.

There are many factors that go into making this decision, including how severe the disease is, how well the dog responds to treatment, and whether its quality of life is good or not.

If your dog has mild diabetes and you can keep it on a strict schedule of insulin injections (which can help prevent long-term complications such as eye damage or kidney failure), then there’s no reason why your pet might not live many years.

However, if your dog has more severe diabetes and you have trouble keeping it regulated with insulin injections, then this could shorten its life expectancy significantly.

I think one of the most important things you should do before deciding whether or not to put down a diabetic dog is to ask yourself if your pet is enjoying life anymore.

If he’s constantly lethargic or seems depressed, then this might be an indication that he’s suffering from chronic pain or discomfort from other complications related to his condition — and that would be a good reason why you should consider putting him down before he suffers any further.

Conclusion of diabetes in dogs

There are a few things to know about diabetes in dogs. It’s important that your dog receives regular veterinary care, and that you follow the instructions of your veterinarian.

Dogs with diabetes must be treated with insulin and have regular blood glucose tests to monitor their condition. Insulin will help reduce the amount of sugar in the blood, which will prevent serious complications such as blindness and kidney disease.

As stated before, the main reason why we have to put down a diabetic dog is that they are suffering and in pain. This is not something that you should do lightly, but if you do not want to see your dog suffer, it is your responsibility to put them down. It can be an extremely difficult decision to make, but it is one that you will have to make someday.


Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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