We all know there is a real problem with diabetes in the United States. What a lot of people may not realize is that our pets, particularly our cats and dogs can also suffer from diabetes. Dog diabetes is usually similar to human Type I diabetes while the feline version is typically closer to our type II. It's important to know what the symptoms are and what can be done to help our pets. Knowing the risk factors may help you prevent it in some cases. This informative article provides some great information on the topic:
"Pet Diabetes Month, Learn the Signs of Disease
By Deborah Mitchell on November 3, 2012 for eMaxHealth
Diabetes is an epidemic among people, but the disease is also a significant problem among dogs and cats. To help raise awareness of this health problem, November has been designated as Pet Diabetes Month, and every pet parent should be aware of the signs and symptoms of this potentially dangerous disease.
Does Fido or Fluffy have diabetes?
Estimates vary, but it is believed about 2 percent of cats and about 1 in every 160 dogs develops diabetes. Many pet parents are not aware that their four-legged companions can develop the disease or even what the signs and symptoms of diabetes are among pets.
If your dog or cat has any of these signs or symptoms, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible."
It's important to know that treatment is available for our pets who may be diabetic. I'll focus on dogs for the purpose of this website. The treatment is similar to how we deal with diabetes in humans which is a diet change, a lifestyle change with more exercise, weight control and insulin therapy.
Some of the signs to look for are increased intake of water, increase in appetite, excessive urination, loss of weight and sores that don't seem to heal.
More advanced signs may include weakness, lethargy, severe weight loss, vomiting, appetite loss, cataracts and breath that smells like nail polish remover. At this point it is life threatening and requires immediate attention from your vet.
As with anything else, early detection and treatment will provide the best outcome.