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Avoiding Hypoglycemia

The most common side effect during insulin treatment is low blood glucose or hypoglycemia dog

Low blood glucose is not uncommon in diabetics on insulin. Diabetic dogs may have few or no signs of low blood glucose. Any change in your dog’s behavior no matter how subtle could be important. Low blood glucose can be serious or even life threatening and needs prompt attention.

Consistent management helps to avoid low blood glucose

  • Establish and follow a daily routine of insulin, meals, and regular exercise and/or play
  • Keep meals consistent in content, quality, quantity and timing
  • Your veterinarian will advise you about suitable food, treats, and weight management plan for your diabetic dog 
  • Keep records of your dog’s progress and note any major changes to your daily routine
  • Contact your veterinarian if you are worried or see major changes in your dog
  • Schedule regular veterinary follow-up visits animated dog

“I keep hearing, ‘consistency is key’ and I’m starting to understand how it helps manage my diabetes.”

Avoid low blood glucose by knowing some of the causes syringes

Change in insulin requirements

Too much insulin (for your dog’s needs) dog exercising

Irregular exercise

Increased activity

Bowl of dry kibble dog food and dog's paws

Missing or delaying a meal

Change in diet or amount fed or eaten dog laying down


Decreased appetite or vomiting

Adrenal, pituitary, or thyroid gland diseases


Severe liver, kidney or heart disease

Interaction with other medications

Think your dog has diabetes?

Talk to your vet