Diabetes In Pets

A diagnosis of diabetes in your pet is no reason to panic. Just as diabetes in humans is treatable, pet diabetes usually responds well to treatment. Sometimes the treatment is as simple as special food. Medication is often the only treatment needed.  For some pets, simple insulin injections are required along with daily blood glucose tests.

The symptoms of diabetes in dogs and cats are the same as they are in humans; excessive urination, excessive water consumption, infections, intolerance to exercise, losing weight, and increased appetite. Cataracts may be present also.

Your veterinarian will do a blood test to determine if the animal has diabetes. He will be able to tell you whether it is type 1 diabetes, which means the pancreas is not producing insulin or not producing enough insulin. Type 2 is caused or the body is not processing the insulin properly for some reason.

Diabetes in pets is treatable by meeting specific dietary needs in some instances. In pets, this may mean special foods that are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates. If the pet is obese weight, loss is a key to treating the diabetes just as it is in humans.

Your pet may require simple insulin injections. Be sure to follow your veterinarian’s directions very carefully if insulin injections are required. There are specific sites that work best for injections. The needle goes just below the skins surface and is only a tiny prick. It will be uncomfortable for the animal but it is not terribly painful.

Blood glucose tests may be needed. It is best if you learn to do this yourself at home because of the expense, inconvenience, and stress involved with taking the animal to the veterinarian constantly. Stress also causes blood sugar to spike so blood glucose tests might not be as accurate when done at the veterinarian’s office.

Information on human diabetes can be used as guidelines when treating animals also. Just as many people live long healthy productive lives with diabetes such as Mary Tyler Moore, your pet can live a long happy life with the proper care and treatment. A pet with special needs can be a wonderful companion for you and your family whether it is a diabetic animal or has other special needs.