Your pets may contract diabetes, just as humans do. It is more common in elderly cats and dogs and pregnant pets, just as in humans, however, it can occur at a young age too if they are predisposed to diabetes genetically from a parent. At the Animal Hospital of Loves Park, we can detect diabetes early in your pet and help you to manage it, so your furry friend may live a long and happy life.
What Is Diabetes?
The body uses glucose, a type of sugar produced in the body, from their food ingested, for the main source of energy for all the body cells. When a pet has diabetes, it does not use the glucose properly and a hormone called insulin is either under produced or inefficiently used, resulting in high blood sugar. Diabetics may not produce enough insulin, or they may not use it correctly for energy usage.
Which Pets are Most at Risk for Pet Diabetes?
Diabetes can occur in cats or dogs at any age; however, dogs are most often 4 to 14 years old and are diagnosed around the age of 7 to 10 years old. Most cats are older than six when they are diagnosed with diabetes and female dogs contract it twice as often as male dogs. Obesity in cats and dogs can be a risk factor to develop diabetes as well as kidney disease, heart disease, urinary tract infections and skin infections.
What are the Signs of Diabetic Pets?
Your furry friend may have diabetes if they drink water excessively and have increased urination. If they have weight lose with an increased appetite or a decreased appetite, they can be symptoms of diabetes. Dogs may have cloudy eyes and chronic or recurring infections.
What is the Diagnosis and Treatment Like?
Your veterinarian will likely conduct a simple blood test to determine if your pet has diabetes and the extent of the disease. You will likely have insulin to inject under your pet's skin at regular intervals and a certain dosage. Your vet will watch your pet closely and have routine blood work done in order to make certain the correct amount of insulin is given to him. Your pet's successful treatment of diabetes will require regular exams, urine and blood testing and you will need to monitor your pet's appetite, drinking, urination and his weight.
Trust the Pet Diabetes Experts
If your dog or cat has signs or symptoms of pet diabetes, we can see him quickly, make a diagnosis and determine a plan of treatment in Loves Park. Our veterinarian is as compassionate about your pets as much as you are. Please don't hesitate to make an appointment with us at the Animal Hospital of Loves Park.