Pet Diabetes – Early Detection is Key

First things first. Yes, pets can be diabetic. I am surprised by how often I still get asked that question.

Diabetes can occur in cats or dogs. It is more common in older animals but can occur in young animals or during pregnancy, just like in people.

Diabetes is a manageable condition. It generally requires life long care but pets can live a normal life. Sometimes, with early detection, proper treatment and a little luck, cats may go into remission. Pets are generally treated with insulin injections, diet and exercise. Each patient is different and you will need to work with your veterinarian to find the right treatment regimen for your pet.

Signs of diabetes may include:

  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Urinating more than usual
  • Weight loss, especially in previously overweight animals
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Cataracts (in dogs)
  • Persistent or recurrent skin or urinary tract infections

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For more information on diabetes in pets click below to be taken to the AVMA website:

https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Diabetes-in-Pets.aspx