National Pet Diabetes Month!

National Pet Diabetes Month:

Diabetes mellitus is a disease found in both dogs and cats that affects the concentration of glucose in the blood.  It results from the shortage of insulin or when the insulin that is made isn’t properly used.  The main clinical signs to keep an eye out for are:

  • Excessive eating
  • Excessive drinking
  • Excessive urination
  • Weight loss

Glucose levels are checked and insulin injections are administered to our four-legged friends just as they are in humans.  We can check the glucose level here at the clinic, even, so all you have to do is give the insulin as directed by Dr. Scarlett, and maintain a balance between age-appropriate exercise and diet.

The diagnosis for diabetes is not a death sentence for pets.  Although there are many side effects to watch out for in a diabetic animal, the life expectancy for a diabetic pet under the regular care of a veterinarian is the same as any other pet.

For a super easy, quick way to assess your pet’s risk of diabetes, and to play fun diabetes-related games and quizzes, follow the link below:

http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com