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Spreading awareness of pet diabetes

submitted by VCA Neshaminy Animal Hospital

Did you know your pet could be at risk of diabetes?

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, and in honor of this we wanted to share some little-known facts about pet diabetes.

Canine or feline diabetes can be difficult to spot and is often easily mistaken as symptoms of something else, such as kidney disease. Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin which affects the level of glucose, or sugar, in your dog or cat’s blood.

This glucose comes from your pet’s diet and is an important source of energy.

Pet diabetes is very similar to human diabetes and can be monitored and managed by your veterinarian using medication and more.

If you stay vigilant and aware of your dogs’ behaviors and needs, early diagnosis is more likely.

Some warning signs of pets with diabetes include: an increased water intake (known as polydipsia), increased urination (polyuria), and/or increased appetite (polyphagia).

It’s also common your pet will sleep more often and be lethargic during the day.

If your pet is experiencing any of the above, or shows signs of sudden weight loss, take them to see a vet as soon as possible. 

Failure to treat diabetes can result in life-threatening conditions.

Risk factors for diabetes include advanced age, genetic predisposition, breed, and obesity. 

Have no fear! Even if your beloved fur baby is diagnosed with diabetes, there are methods for management.

While felines often have a normal life expectancy living with diabetes, dogs can maintain a normal life expectancy through proper management.

Pet parents should closely manage a dog’s blood glucose concentration.

Speak with your veterinarian for further treatment options for you and your family.

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