Type 2 diabetes is characterised by insulin resistance, which changes the way cells in your dog's body react when insulin is released. The condition leads to your dog having too much glucose in their blood, as their muscles and organs are unable to use glucose for energy in the way they normally would. Type 2 diabetes can lead to organ damage, particularly the liver and pancreas, and will cause your dog to pass glucose in their urine as a result of inefficient processing of insulin.
As a loving dog owner you'll no doubt be keeping an eye on your pet's health at all times, but do you know when you need a vet for an emergency? Sometimes it can be tough to establish whether your dog is just a little under the weather or needs urgent care; this guide will help you to know when things are serious enough to call the vet straight away.