What are signs of diabetes insipidus in dogs?
- Excessive thirst and urination.
- Incontinence due to increased and frequent urination.
- Decreased appetite.
- Weight loss.
- Possible neurological abnormalities (seizures, disorientation, and incoordination)
How long does a dog with diabetes insipidus live? With treatment, dogs with diabetes insipidus can live a normal life span and enjoy relatively normal lives. An untreated dog can also do very well, as long as plenty of water is always available.
How do you treat diabetes insipidus in dogs? CDI is treated using a synthetic formulation of ADH called desmopressin (also known as DDAVP) that is applied either as eye drops or by injection under the skin. NDI is treated using oral hydrochlorothiazide and a low-salt diet. The treatment depends upon the definitive diagnosis.
What medications can cause diabetes insipidus in dogs?
- Use of steroid (i.e. prednisone for dogs) or diuretic medications.
- Infection or sepsis (injures the receptors that bind ADH in kidney tissue)
- Cushing’s disease in dogs (may also affect the release or function of ADH)