16 Nov Do You Know the Signs of Diabetes in Your Dog or Cat?
Animals, like their human counterparts, can develop diabetes and as with humans there are different types. Basically, the pancreas is either not producing enough insulin or the body isn’t using the insulin as it should.
The result is the same, the cells are starved for fuel and the body starts to break down its own fats and proteins.
High glucose levels in the bloodstream start to damage the organs including the kidneys, eyes, heart, blood vessels or nerves.
Classic signs of diabetes in dogs and cats are excessive thirst and increased urination.
There is also usually weight loss, in spite of an increased appetite, as the body isn’t able to convert nutrients from food.
This is because the body’s cells are getting all the glucose they need and the animal feels hungry all the time.
Age, obesity, genetics, past episodes of pancreatitis and autoimmune disorders all can play a part.
Interestingly, a female dog, especially if not spayed, and a male cat are more likely to develop diabetes.
It is important to know that diabetes in pets can be managed. Diet, consistent exercise and insulin injections are some of the recommendations your vet may discuss with you.
If you suspect your pet is having a diabetic episode, it should be treated as an emergency and you should go to a vet immediately.
As always, we encourage pet owners to get pet insurance. Not only does insurance help offset the financial costs incurred with sudden injury or illness, it can also provide the same support with chronic conditions.