Canine Diabetes Wiki

Looking for problems. Dental exam checks both teeth and gums for issues.

Dogs with dental infections may have stubbornly high blood glucose levels. Since it's not always obvious that a tooth is infected, it's possible for this infection to be hidden, and appear only as a mysterious regulation problem. [1][2]

Illness places the body under stress, which can raise blood glucose levels. It also goes to work trying to rid itself of the problem; this causes some hormonal release of some of the same counter-regulatory hormones the body releases when it feels it's being threatened with hypoglycemia. [3] This can make it difficult to keep in good control using the same amount of insulin when there's no illness. Humans with diabetes have "sick day" plans; on those days, more insulin, more blood glucose testing and checking for ketones may be needed.

Ask your vet about dental procedures. Warning: Many vets will refuse to perform a dental procedure on an unregulated diabetic, even if the infection is what's causing the lack of regulation. Yet another vicious circle in diabetes. I16


  1. Cook, Audrey (1 April 2010). Identifying the reasons behind difficult-to-control diabetes in dogs. DVM 360.
  2. Brooks, Wendy C.. Diabetes Mellitus Center. Veterinary Partner.
  3. When You're Sick. American Diabetes Association.

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