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Oly Cats11/02/2023
Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

November marks Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, a perfect opportunity to shed light on what it means to care for a pet with diabetes and recognize the early warning signs. Diabetes is estimated to affect approximately one in 200 cats and one in 300 dogs, making it one of the most prevalent endocrine disorders in pets. Fortunately, with the right treatment and nutrition, your beloved pet can continue to enjoy a long and joyful life.

What is Pet Diabetes?

Pet diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, occurs when the body struggles to efficiently transport glucose (blood sugar derived from food) into cells, resulting in elevated blood glucose levels and inadequate levels within the cells. This hinders the proper functioning of cells, and the body must seek alternative energy sources, such as muscles and fat.

In diabetic pets, insulin, the hormone responsible for facilitating glucose entry into tissue cells, either fails to bind effectively to cell receptors or is inadequately produced by the pancreas. This accumulation of glucose in the bloodstream means it cannot serve as an energy source for the body.

What Are the Early Indicators of Diabetes?

The first step in ensuring your pet receives the right care is obtaining an accurate diagnosis. Pet owners should be alert to specific signs that prompt a visit to the veterinarian for testing. These signs include:

Increased thirst
Frequent urination
Changes in appetite
Weight loss
Cloudy eyes (in dogs)
Weak hind legs (in cats)
Chronic infections
If your pet displays any of these signs, please contact us at phone.

What Are the Different Types of Diabetes in Pets?

Diabetes in pets can be categorized into two types. Type 1 diabetes is insulin-dependent and typically necessitates lifelong treatment, primarily found in dogs. Type 2 diabetes also requires insulin, but remission may be attainable; it is more commonly observed in cats.

What Does Life with a Diabetic Pet Entail?

Diabetes is a significant health condition that, if left untreated, can lead to severe illness or even mortality. However, with proper management, your pet can maintain a content and active life. Effective management often involves at-home blood glucose monitoring, insulin administration, dietary adjustments, and regular exercise.

If you suspect your pet is displaying signs of diabetes, do not hesitate to reach out to us at 360-584-9901
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