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What Are We Doing for Dogs with Diabetes?

Over the past thirty years, diabetes diagnoses in dogs has gone up two hundred percent! Since dogs may not understand diabetes like humans do (even though they taught us how to understand it in the first place), the constant blood-glucose checking can cause stress and pain for these poor diabetic pups. Further, their symptoms, which are similar to symptoms experienced by humans (increased urination, appetite change, and weight loss) can also create confusion and discomfort.

However, thanks to researchers at the University of Missouri, there is a new device for dogs, adapted from a human “continuous glucose monitor,” that gives an accurate and less intrusive means to measure sugar levels in diabetic dogs.

Find out more about what’s being done to help dogs with diabetes in the video below. And, as always, don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.