November is officially pet diabetes month. Unfortunately, pet diabetes has become more and more common. It’s not uncommon for us to see several cases of diabetes in our cat and dog clients every month. You may be wondering what pet diabetes is, how to spot the warning signs and what the treatment options include. Let’s dive in!
What is Pet Diabetes?
Diabetes works similarly in our cats and dogs as it does the human body. Essentially, diabetes occurs if a body is unable to properly use glucose, or sugar. This is problematic because “glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells.” (AVMA)
To further explain, the pancreas is an organ in our body that creates insulin. Insulin is responsible for the levels of glucose in our blood. When the body doesn’t get enough glucose to its cells, it cannot operate properly. The body must resort to breaking down sugar in the muscle and fat cells, which is why diabetic pets typically lose a significant amount of weight, when left untreated.
What are the Warning Signs of Pet Diabetes?
There are many warning signs to look out for when it comes to pet diabetes. Keep an eye out for the symptoms below, so you’ll be better prepared to help your pet if they begin displaying these behaviors.
- Drinking excessive amounts of water
- Serious weight loss, even though their appetite may not have slowed down
- Cloudy or milky eyes
- 4. Reoccurring infections such as skin infections or urinary tract infections
If you suspect your pet is showing some of these signs, call our team today and we can talk you through possible next steps. Ideally, we will want to see your pet and give them a thorough exam to rule out other any other health conditions, too.
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How Can You Diagnose and Treat Pet Diabetes?
Thankfully, there are specific, proven ways to diagnose and help manage pet diabetes.
- Your veterinarian may be able to easily diagnose your pet with diabetes without running several tests, depending on their symptoms and behavior.
- If your vet confirms your pet does have diabetes, they will prescribe the animal insulin.
- You will need to give your animal insulin via a small needle.
- The amount of insulin your pet needs will depend on their size as well as their specific health condition.
It will be important to continue regular checkup appointments and continue proper treatment to keep your diabetic pet as healthy as possible. Our team can speak with you more about your pet’s treatment options, and how you wish to proceed.
Learn More About Pet Diabetes Today
If you would like additional information about pet diabetes, or have specific questions, please give our team a call today. You can call us at (207) 453-7387 or shoot us an email at email@example.com. We will walk you through your pet’s treatment options and ensure they’re in good hands throughout the process of diagnosis and treatment.