Understanding diabetes in pets can seem daunting, but with a great vet on your side, you’ll be able to identify early signs of diabetes. It isn’t uncommon for older pets to develop diabetes and with proper treatment, they will continue to lead perfectly happy lives with the disease. Younger pets and pregnant pets can also develop diabetes if not properly care for in their diets. Many vets agree that diabetes is largely developed due to obesity in both cats and dogs. Those few extra pounds may not seem like much to you, but to your pet, they are quite uncomfortable and dangerous!
Here are guidelines to help you identify if your pet is diabetic and requires proper veterinary care:
- Increased & abnormal amounts of urination
- Increased water intake
- Decreased appetite
- Increased appetite with weight loss despite more food
- Chronic skin & urinary infections
- Cloudy eyes in dogs
These signs tell you it is time to take your pet to the vet for a checkup to see if they have developed diabetes. Your vet may ask about your pet’s food intake and activity level to help determine if they could be suffering from diabetes.
Here are some of the things in a pets lifestyle that can lead to diabetes:
- Overfeeding that leads to obesity
- High carb food
- Low activity levels
You can help prevent your pet from developing Type II diabetes by making sure they eat a healthy diet for their breed and lifestyle. Dogs and cats should be fed according to the recommendation of a vet or animal nutritionist. In dogs a grain-free and low fat diet, with plenty of daily exercise can help prevent diabetes. In cats, feeding a low dry food diet along with exercise can also help prevent diabetes.
If your pet has been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t panic, they can still lead perfectly happy, long lives. Treatment of diabetes in pets often requires a special diet, exercise, and sometimes insulin injections are required. If you are worried that your pet could potentially have diabetes, you should schedule an appointment with the Animal Hospital of Sussex County to have a diabetes test performed. We will help you make your pet feel better in no time!