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November is Diabetes Awareness Month!

November 1, 2010

     

Have you ever realized that Diabetes is a common disease in pets, as well as humans? If you answered no, you’re not alone.
 
It has been reported that anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs and cats are affected by diabetes. While there is no cure for diabetes, the management of the disease, which is very common to human medicine, is easily workable into daily living. The medication, equipment and monitoring are all similar to human medicine. While diabetes is typically an easily managed disease, a close relationship with your veterinarian is of utmost importance to maintain your pets overall health.
 
There are risk factors that can increase your pet’s chance of developing diabetes. It is, however, important to note that dogs and cats of all ages, genders and breeds can be affected. 
 
Risk Factors in Dogs
Genetics
Obesity
Age (over 6 years are at greater risk)
Unspayed females
Certain breeds
 
Risk Factors in Cats
Genetics
Obesity
Age (the older the cat the greater the risk)
Inactivity
 
 
Some Warning Signs
Excessive thirst
Excessive urination (or accidents in the house)
Decrease in weight, while hunger is the same or increased
Lethargy
Poor coat quality
Lack of grooming in cats
 
If you are concerned about the potential of diabetes in your pet, you should discuss the disease with your veterinarian at your next visit. If you notice some of the warning signs above, you may consider scheduling an appointment for a check up. 
 
The testing to diagnose diabetes can be preformed right in the office. It typically consists of getting a urine sample (to detect the presence of glucose in the urine) and possibly taking a small blood sample to check the glucose level. If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, the most typical management is daily insulin injections and more strict dietary conditions. Some owners think they could never do injections, or “freak out” over the thought of it. The reality is, it’s much easier to learn than people think, and tons of owners do it every day. 
 
A diabetes diagnosis in your pet requires some work and effort on an owner’s part, but the rewards are great! Early diagnosis and proper treatment not only help pets maintain good quality of life, but they can live to the same life expectancy as a non-diabetic pet. 
 
For additional information, please take a look at some of the links below.
 
As always, please contact our office at 860-645-1700 with any questions.
 
 

www.petdiabetesmonth.com/

www.healthypet.com/petcare/PetsMatter/ReadMore.aspx

http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/pet/fhc/diabetes