We share so many things with our four-legged friends. We share the bed each night, a nibble of our breakfast each morning, and as many hikes, car rides, and naps as we can. Unfortunately, we share some medical conditions as well. Just like humans, some pets can’t produce insulin properly. The difference is, unlike humans, our pets can’t always tell us when they aren’t feeling well. Here are some symptoms of diabetes to keep any eye out for in your pets.
- Weight loss
- Extreme increase or decrease in appetite
- Excessive thirst
- More frequent urination than usual
- Stinky, chemically breath
Depending on the advancement and type of diabetes, your pet can also suffer from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Symptoms include:
- Weak, dull behavior
Preventative care involves a proper diet, spay/neuter procedure, and regular exercise. Obese dogs are at a far higher risk of developing diabetes.
To diagnosis a pet with diabetes, bring your pet to the local vet, Animal Care Clinic, for a physical examination, blood tests, and a urinalysis. If diagnosed, some dogs can be extremely ill in the beginning and require a stay in the intensive care hospital. Minor cases can be bettered through a high-fiber diet to normalize levels of glucose in the blood. In most cases, insulin injections will be required to maintain healthy levels. It’s important these injections be given around the same time each day. It is also important to enforce a strict meal schedule with your pet. It is recommended that female dogs be spayed as the female sex hormone can affect blood sugar.
If your beloved pet exhibits any of these symptoms, bring them into Animal Care Clinic located in Bedford, Indiana. Animal Care Clinic offers a wide variety of animal chiropractic care, acupunctures, rehabilitation, therapeutic laser pain treatment, and various athletics to help animals rehabilitate and have fun. Since 1985, Dr. Brian Waldo has been offering animals and their owners the best possible services. An animal lover, Waldo has 3 dogs and 3 cats. To schedule an appointment or find out more, visit our contact us page or give us a call at (812) 279-1516.