December is National Pet Diabetes Month. Diabetes is a serious condition for pets and this month was created to raise awareness of pet owners. The condition is most common in older pets; however, it can also be seen in pregnant or younger pets. Fortunately, if your pet does have diabetes, with proper monitoring and treatment, they can live a long and happy life. The staff at Oakbrook Animal Hospital wants you to know the signs and treatment options of pet diabetes.
What Are the Signs of Diabetes In Pets?
It is important that you are able to recognize the symptoms of diabetes in pets. The sooner your pet receives treatment, the healthier they will be.
The most common signs include:
- Excessive water drinking
- Increased urine output
- Weight loss even if your pet's appetite hasn't changed or increased
- Decreased appetite
- Cloudy eyes (this is more common in dogs)
- Chronic or recurring skin infections
- Chronic or recurring urinary infections
How Is Diabetes Treated?
There is no cure for pet diabetes; however, it is manageable. There are a few things that you will need to do to ensure your pet's health. It is essential that you are diligent when it comes to treating your pet effectively.
Pet diabetes can be treated in the following ways:
Insulin Injections: If your pet has diabetes, your veterinarian will prescribe insulin injections. A tech will teach you the proper way to give your pet the injections so that you can do it safely.
Specialized Diet: To manage your pet's diabetes, they will need to be on a special diet. If you have a dog, your veterinarian will put them on a high-fiber diet. If you have a cat, a high-protein, low carb diet is recommended.
Daily Exercise: It is essential that you put your pet on a daily exercise regimen. You need to keep your pet's weight down to treat their diabetes and improve their overall health.
Spaying Female Dogs: Studies have shown that having a female dog with diabetes spayed with make her condition more manageable.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If your pet has diabetes, it is essential that you make an appointment with Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner regularly. During your visits, our vet will monitor your pet's glucose levels, check their weight, and keep tabs on their overall health.