November is National Pet Diabetes Month.
Similar to human diabetics, diabetic animals have an absolute or relative deficiency of insulin.
Insulin deficiency can develop for different reasons in dogs and cats. Including disorders of the pancreas which cause the pancreas to be unable to secrete enough insulin, the presence of other hormones which may be antagonistic to insulin or cause resistance to insulin, insulin may be unable to function normally in the body.
Symptoms that can be seen with diabetes:
1. Increase in thirst
2. Increase in urination
3. Sudden weight loss
4. Increase in weight
6. Weakness / Lethargy
7. Hair thinning
8. Cloudy eyes
(Call our practice or one of our sister sites to schedule an exam if you notice any symptoms or changes of behavior of your companion)
How to manage diabetes in dogs and cats:
The best way to manage your pet’s wellness regarding diabetes is to maintain a consistent, regulated level of glucose, avoiding large spikes and drops. Since diabetes cannot be cured, you can successfully manage your dog’s or cat’s health by changing their lifestyle, diet, and administering any necessary insulin injections.
Who is at risk?
Anywhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 500 dogs and cats will develop diabetes in their lifetime. It can occur at anytime in their life, but is more likely to be found in middle-aged or older dogs/cats, overweight cats, female dogs who are not spayed, and male cats who are neutered.
Dog breeds with a higher incidence of diabetes:
Miniature Schnauzers, Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Pomeranians, Terriers, Toy Poodles
For more information in regards to Diabetes in your companion, visit http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/
-Brought to you by Julie F. and Parkway Small Animal and Exotic Hospital staff