Diabetes is a common condition in humans, and it is also a common condition in pets. While this condition is typically found in older pets, younger cats and dogs can also develop diabetes. Fortunately, pet diabetes can be managed by our veterinarian at the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs.
What Is Pet Diabetes?
Pet diabetes is a condition that occurs when your pet's body cannot use glucose the way that it is supposed to. Diabetic pets don't produce enough insulin to break down the glucose in the blood. Without proper management, this disease can be fatal.
What Pets Are At Risk For Diabetes?
Pets can develop diabetes at any age; however, in dogs, it usually comes on between the ages of 4 and 14. Female dogs develop diabetes more often than male dogs. Also, certain breeds are predisposed to diabetes.
In cats, the condition often comes on after the age of 6.
The most common cause of diabetes in cats and dogs is obesity.
What Are the Symptoms Of Pet Diabetes?
To keep your pet healthy, it is essential that you can detect the signs of diabetes early. The symptoms include:
- Excessive drinking
- Increased urination
- Unexplained weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Chronic infections
- Recurring infections
- Cloudy eyes, particularly in dogs
How Is Pet Diabetes Diagnosed?
There is no cure for diabetes; however, there are steps that you can take to manage your pet's condition, allowing them to live a long and healthy life. The treatment methods include:
- Insulin: If your pet is diabetic, they will need insulin every day. It is given in the form of an injection, and your vet will teach you how to administer the medication.
- Diet: Keeping your pet on a strict diet is essential in managing diabetes. If your dog is diabetic, a high-fiber diet is recommended. If your cat is diabetic, your vet will recommend a diet high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
- Exercise: Your pet will need to exercise daily to manage their condition. Daily exercise for a dog is easy. You can simply extend the length of their walks. Regular exercise for a cat is a bit more challenging, but your vet can help you create an exercise plan.
- Spaying: If your female dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, you should consider having her spayed. This procedure can help manage her diabetes.
- Regular schedules: To manage your pet's condition, stay on a set schedule. You should feed them and give them their insulin shots at the same time every day.
If your pet is showing any of the symptoms of diabetes, schedule an appointment with our vet at the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs in Glenwood. If your pet is diabetic, regular pet care at our veterinary hospital is essential so that we can monitor their condition and adjustment their treatment plan if necessary. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 712-323-0598.