Diabetes is a disease that normally affects humans, however, not many pet owners know it can also affect their cats and dogs.
Diabetes can be defined as an endocrine disorder that impedes the body’s ability to process sugars at the cellular level as described by Cecily Kellogg, Figo Pet Insurance Guest Blogger. This disease can have damaging effects on the muscular, neurological, and circulatory systems. It is also very similar to undetectable symptoms such as with humans. It has been estimated that diabetes affects between 0.2% and 1.0% of dogs and cats nationally. November has been designated as National Pet Diabetes month to help raise awareness of the disease and to help promote early detection.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Even though it can be difficult to detect diabetes in dogs and cats, scheduled wellness examinations can help your veterinarian detect diseases such as diabetes along with other hidden health risks. Some of the most common symptoms with diabetes can include but are not limited to excessive thirst and urination, increased hunger and food consumption along with weight loss, lethargy, cataracts (in dogs), and poor grooming or “oily” fur (in cats). If you begin to notice any of these symptoms with your pet, it is best to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out any possible illness. Managing Diabetes Unfortunately, there is no known cure for diabetes. However, there are ways to help manage and monitor diabetes in your pet so they can continue to enjoy a healthy and active life. Most commonly, your veterinarian may recommend a modified food diet that is low in carbohydrates and high in protein as well as daily insulin injections. It may sound intimidating trying to manage diabetes in your pet, however, your veterinarian is here to assist and walk you through every step of the way! We hope these small tips and advice can assist you in noticing early signs of diabetes and contacting your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns.