Diabetes in Pets
Having a pet can be a wonderful thing, however, it is important to provide them with the necessary care. In addition to making sure they are fed and receive regular exercise, you also have to prevent them from diseases, including diabetes. Our team at North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton, WI, shares important information about this disease below and how to treat and manage it.
What is Diabetes in Pets?
Diabetes can occur in your poet when the body cannot use glucose normally. Glucose is a main source of energy for the cells, which makes it important for various functions and is transferred throughout the body by insulin.
In those with diabetes, sometimes the body does produce enough insulin to properly transport the glucose. In some cases, the body is not able to properly use the insulin it does produce. When this happens, the tissues are starved and cannot function properly.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets
Prevention and early treatment are essential for diabetes. Some symptoms of the disease include:
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Increased thirst and frequent urination
- Weight loss, even with an increased appetite
- Frequent skin infections or urinary tract infections
- Cloudy eyes
Some of these symptoms can also be due to other conditions, so it’s important to see our vets for a proper diagnosis.
Two of the main tests used to diagnose diabetes are urine tests and blood work. When the body is unable to process glucose, it accumulates in the blood and flows over into the urine. Finding high levels of glucose in either the blood or urine tests can be a strong indication of diabetes. However, our vets may perform other tests as well to rule out other conditions, especially in older pets.
Treating pet diabetes is similar to treating diabetes in humans. Lifestyle changes are crucial, which typically include nutrition and exercise. Our veterinarians will recommend the best diet and safest exercises for your pet’s condition. Your pet may also need medication, and the most common is daily insulin shots. In addition, our veterinarians will provide guidance on how you can help your pet manage the condition.
Contact us for Treatment Today
For more information on diabetes in pets or to have your pet tested, call (920) 739-7816 to schedule an appointment with our team at North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton, WI. If your cat or dog needs treatment, our team will put together a customized plan that will help keep them healthy.