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Diagnosing and Treating Diabetes in Pets

May 22, 2021

Diabetes affects many mammals, including humans, dogs, cats, horses, and pigs.

Although diabetes can not be cured, it can be managed successfully. With assistance from the veterinary team at Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, your dog or cat can live a happy and healthy life. We can provide diagnosis and remedial treatment for diabetes in dogs and cats.

Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

When it comes to diabetes in dogs and cats, the most common form of canine diabetes is diabetes mellitus. Also known as "sugar diabetes," diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disorder that affects how the body processes sugar.
It's important to begin treating the disorder as soon as possible. Noticing the early signs of diabetes in your dog or cat can help you get a diagnosis sooner. Symptoms of diabetes in dogs include:

  • Excessive Thirst - You may notice your dog drinking more water than usual.
  • Increased Urination - This happens as a result of the increased water intake, and because your dog's body is attempting to get rid of excess sugar by sending it out through their urine.
  • Weight Loss - Even if your dog is eating properly, they may not be converting all of the nutrients from their diet into their system.
  • Increased Appetite - Because your dog's cells are not receiving enough energy via glucose, your dog may be hungrier than usual.

Risk Factors of Diabetes in Dogs

  • Age - Almost all dogs who are diagnosed with diabetes are over the age of 5, or are senior dogs.
  • Gender - Unspayed female dogs are much more likely to develop diabetes than male dogs.
  • Obesity - Overweight or obese dogs are more likely to develop diabetes.
  • Steroid Use - Prolonged steroid use in dogs can sometimes cause them to develop diabetes.

Diabetes Induced Health Risks

If you notice any signs of diabetes in your dog or cat, bring them to the vet right away. Diabetes can have some devastating effects on the body when left untreated. This is why early diagnosis and proper treatment are so incredibly important.

Lasting side effects of diabetes can include:

  • Cataracts in the eyes
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Enlarged liver
  • Ketoacidosis

Treating Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

You can't cure diabetes, but you can manage your pet's condition with a thorough treatment plan. Watch for any warning signs of low blood sugar, and keep your dog on a strict diet, exercise, and medication regimen.

  • Diet - The best type of diet for your diabetic dog can be recommended by your vet.
  • Exercise - A moderate and consistent exercise routine can help your dog to avoid sudden spikes or drops in glucose levels.
  • Injections - Almost all diabetic dogs will require insulin injections to regulate insulin levels and glucose levels in their bodies. While this task may seem daunting at first, it will actually become very easy for both you and your dog.

Get a Diagnosis from Animal Care Center of Castle Pines

Dogs and cats with diabetes do not need to suffer! If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms of canine diabetes, contact Animal Care Center of Castle Pines to schedule an examination. With prompt diagnosis and dedicated care, your dog can live a longer, happier life.