Did you know diabetes not also affects humans, but also pets as well?
Diabetes in pets has become increasingly common in today’s society. Any pet parent can agree that the news that your dog or cat may have diabetes can be a real shocker.
Diabetes in pets, also referred to as diabetes mellitus, affects your pet’s blood glucose (sugar) content, and usually occurs most frequently in older female dogs, and male cats.
Diabetes develops when your pet’s body produces insufficient or no insulin, preventing food from being converted to energy.
BUT it isn’t a death sentence. Unlike some deadly diseases, diabetes is fairly manageable with the proper knowledge. However, as the saying goes: “Prevention is better than cure.”
Continue reading and find out how to spot early warning signs/symptoms of diabetes mellitus, and steps to take in diabetes prevention.
Signs/Symptoms of diabetes in pets
– Frequent urination or large amounts of urine at a time
– Unquenchable thirst; drinks more water than usual
– Always hungry, appetite is insatiable
– Weight loss occurs with regular eating
– Develops cloudy eyes and poor vision
– Lack of energy, sleeps more
Treatment of diabetes in pets
Don’t fret, diabetes mellitus can be successfully managed with the right therapy, diet, and exercise. Your veterinarian will determine what to do after the diagnosis has been made in the form of the following:
– Insulin treatment and therapy
– Regular exercise
– Management of diet
– Spaying of female dogs
– Consistent Vet checkups
Prevention of diabetes in pet
– Keep your pet active with regular exercise
– Be regular with your Veterinary visits
– Have your female dog spayed
– Maintain quality nutrition
– Control your pet’s diet
Diabetes in pets is usually a highly preventable disease. We want to encourage you to take the proper steps to ensure your pets are healthy. This will not only prevent their chances of developing diabetes but also will curtail many other health issues.