Originally Posted by Marty Benson
My dog has had diabetes about one year now, about 4months ago went competely blind, now that the weather is getting warmer it seems like his breathing is labored more..What is happening now?..His age is 9 years old. insulin 2x's a day with special dog food..Please help me understand what is going on in his body......Dog was acting fine, still acts like a young dog once in a while,but has changed since the weather is warmer.
It may be from the heat, heat can speed up the absorption of insulin especially lying in full sun which is not good for a diabetic pet. I don't know if you test your dogs blood glucose at home, it's a good thing to do and saves some time and worry on your part not to mention the costs of taking your dog to the vet for a bg check, when you feel something is wrong with your pet, testing his bg will show some answers.
This is some info about heat & insulin: I have pasted the info you need, it was taken from children with diabetes same applies to pets, it is mentioning short acting insulin
but same applies to NPH or Vetsulin because we are talking about pets.
The absorption of insulin from the injection site can be influenced by a number of factors. Heat will
increase the absorption. If the room temperature increases from 20° to 35° C the absorption of short-acting insulin will increase by 50 - 60 %.
Most likely the part below
does not pertain to your pet but it does explain about the heat and I don't think your pet is on short acting insulin or taking a sauna.
A 85° C sauna bath will increase the absorption by as much as 110 %! In other words, there will be a risk of hypoglycemia if you inject short-acting insulin shortly before the sauna bath. A hot bath (42° C) in a bubble pool may double the insulin level in your blood while a cold bath (22° C) will decrease the absorption of insulin.
For further reading you can click on the article but again it's help and information for diabetic children and their diets.
I hope this helps, you may like the k9diabetes forum all the info you need is there as well as any questions you may have. I send you a PM
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