Vet / Vet Nurse Quiz - Diabetes mellitus in dogs

Take our quiz to test your general knowledge about diabetes mellitus and the management of diabetes in dogs. Links are provided to help you with the answers!

1. What clinical signs are characteristic of diabetes mellitus in dogs?
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Polydipsia, polyuria and polyphagia.
Polydipsia and polyuria accompanied by low urine S.G.
Polyphagia and general hair loss.

2. The most common possible complication seen in diabetic dogs is:
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Hind limb wasting and weakness.
Diabetic cataracts.
Chronic renal failure.

3. Normal blood glucose levels in non-diabetic healthy dogs are approximately:
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3.5-6.1 mmol/l or 63.1-109.1 mg/dl.
8.1- 12.5 mmol/l or 145.8-225 mg/dl
1.5 -3.2 mmol/l or 27- 57.6 mg/dl

4. A suitable diet for a diabetic dog is:
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High fibre diet.
Restricted fat content, a good quality protein source and adequate fibre.
As varied a diet as possible.

5. Why should diabetic bitches be spayed?
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High levels of oestrogen cause insulin resistance.
High levels of progesterone cause insulin resistance.
None of the above.

6. How long does it usually take to stabilise a diabetic dog?
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9-12 months
1-3 days
3-6 months

7. The Somogyi effect (rebound hyperglycaemia) is caused by:
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An inadequate insulin dose
An insulin dose that is too high.
The development of antibodies against insulin.

8. Why do dogs with Cushing's disease often develop diabetes mellitus?
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High levels of cortisol cause polyuria
High levels of cortisol damage the endocrine pancreas.
High levels of cortisol lead to insulin resistance.

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