Pet Health

National Pet Diabetes Month

Nov 22 • 1 minute read

November is National Pet Diabetes Month, a month dedicated to increase awareness and educate owners about the symptoms, treatments, and management of diabetes in our beloved four legged friends.

symptoms of diabetes in pets:
 Excessive thirst, excessive urination, weight loss (most commonly over the back), increased hunger, increased “whiteness” of the lens in the eye due to cataracts, blindness, weakness, lethargy, poor skin conditions (like excessive dandruff or an oily hair coat). If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, please call us at 713-987-3237. With diabetes, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated.

pets that are most at risk for diabetes:

Risk factors for diabetes in dogs and cats include advanced age, genetic predisposition, breed, and obesity. Pet obesity is a widespread issue in the United States, with over half of dogs and nearly 60 percent of cats falling in the overweight or obese category.

diagnosing diabetes in pets:
 Dogs are often diagnosed with Type I Diabetes due to a deficiency in the way the pancreas produces insulin. Cats, on the other hand, usually have Type II Diabetes that results from a decreased sensitivity to insulin.

managing pet diabetes:
 Treatment for pet diabetes can differ between dogs and cats due to the type of insulin recommended. Both dogs and cats require twice-a-day injections of insulin, frequent reevaluations, and careful blood work monitoring. In cats, dietary changes to a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet— along with weight loss in combination with short-term insulin therapy, may help alleviate diabetes.

Your pet’s health and safety is always our number one priority. If you are worried your pet might have diabetes, please reach out to us at (713) 987-3237.

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