November is Pet Diabetes Month! Diabetes is not uncommon in our furry pals. Left untreated, this dangerous disease can cause severe complications, and can even be fatal. However, diabetes can be managed with proper treatment. An Oshawa, ON vet discusses pet diabetes in this article.
Types Of Diabetes
Diabetes—or diabetes mellitus, as it is officially called—is a condition in which the body cannot properly produce or utilize insulin. There are two types of diabetes. The first kind, Type I, occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin. With Type II, which is more common in cats, the body makes insulin, but cannot us it properly. Pets with Type II diabetes can go into remission with insulin injections. In some cases, they may only need insulin for a short time. Pets with Type I, however, will always be diabetic. Ask your vet for more information.
Pets At Risk
Diabetes is more common in older pets, but it can also affect young dogs and cats. Some breeds seem to be predisposed to it. For cats, diabetes is quite common with Siamese and Burmese kitties. As for our canine buddies, Keeshonds, Poodles, Beagles, terriers, Cocker spaniels, Dachshunds, Pinschers, German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, and Golden retrievers and Bichon Frise pups are disproportionately affected. With dogs, diabetes is more common in females, while with kitties, it’s more often seen in males. That said, any dog or cat can develop diabetes, and at any age.
Part of being a good pet parent is watching for possible signs of illness. One thing you may notice is excessive thirst and urination. Your pet may also urinate inappropriately. They may also lose weight, and/or display signs of an increased appetite. Lethargy, cloudy eyes, weakness, and skin problems can also be warning signs. If you notice any of these symptoms—or any other potential signs of illness—in your furry friend, immediately contact your vet and schedule an exam. The sooner a health problem is diagnosed and treated, the better! As with any other medical issue, your vet will need to make an official diagnosis before discussing specific treatment options. The good news is that, with proper treatment and good veterinary care, many pets with diabetes can still live happy, active lives.
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