Studies show that female dogs and male neutered dogs are commonly diagnosed with diabetes. Older dogs are at risk, as are canines with a genetic predisposition (Poodles, Samoyeds, Cairn Terriers and Dachshunds are a few breeds that are predisposed). Obesity in canines of any age is a well-described factor, too. Be careful not to overfeed your dog and avoid giving them too many treats or unhealthy table scraps. Dog-safe vegetables and fruits are a fun treat; check with your veterinary caregiver first before feeding them these known snacks for dogs: bananas, broccoli, sweet potatoes, apples (no seeds, please) and blueberries.
A cool dip in the pool or lake is a low impact, stress free activity most dogs love. If your companion is not a seasoned swimmer, have them wear a life vest to keep them safe in case of fatigue or panic. Remember, never leave your little swimmer unattended in any circumstance!