Diabetes in Pets – Prevention, Symptoms and Life After A Diagnosis
A majority of the health issues which affect our friends and loved ones can also impact the lives of our pets.
Diabetes is a serious condition which occurs when your dog or cat stops producing or responding to a healthy amount of insulin. This leads to elevated blood sugar and a host of resultant health problems for your pet. Diabetes is not curable but it can be managed with the help of our vets.
Understand that it is not always possible to prevent diabetes in your cat or dog. Some classes of diabetes a purely genetic which is why they show up in young animals.
A healthy diet free of free of grain and processed ingredients is essential for the prevention of diabetes. Ask our vets for healthy food recommendations.
Obese animals have a higher risk of being diagnosed with diabetes later in life, so an active lifestyle is an important part of the prevention process.
Regular health checks with our vets and urine or blood tests where indicated will mean that diabetic symptoms can be identified and dealt with before growing into more serious problems.
It’s also important to realize that the risk of diabetes differs between breeds. Research the history of your breed to understand the risks.
Keep a close an on any of the following conditions because they could be a sign of diabetes:
• Excessive urination
• Increased thirst
• Changes in appetite
• Weight loss
• Skin infections
• Cataracts or blindness
• A strange fruity/sweet order of the breath
Life After A Diagnosis
Managing diabetes is going to require a lifestyle change for you and your pet. However, take comfort in knowing that our vets are here to provide ongoing support for you and your pet.
Every animal is different but most pets with diabetes require daily shots of insulin.
For the safety of your pet, you’re going to want to work closely with one of our vets so they can determine the correct dosage and treatment plan.
Sometimes your vet will recommend that your pet stay at the clinic for a day or two so that our professionals can regulate your pet’s blood sugar and closely monitor your their response to the treatment.
After your vet chooses the best insulin product for your pet, you will be taught to give your pet daily insulin shots. Millions of pet owners all over the planet are dealing with a dog or cat with diabetes.
Your vet will also help you plan how to effectively monitor your pet’s blood glucose.
Diabetes usually requires a change in diet often focusing on a high fiber diets. Again, ask our vets about the healthiest diabetic-friendly food for your specific pet.
Exercise is going to affect your pet’s blood glucose levels, so a planned exercise plan is important for any pet with diabetes.
It is important not to become complacent. Please bring your diabetic pet into the clinic for regular check-ups.