You likely know someone battling diabetes or you’ve probably heard about the symptoms and struggles from the media. But, did you know that your dog and/or cat may also be at risk of diabetes?
In fact, your beloved pet has between a one in 100 and a one in 500 chance of developing diabetes during his lifetime. And, unfortunately, pet health experts assert that those numbers are only poised to climb in the coming years.
Because of the very real concern of pet owners of dogs and cats developing diabetes, the UK is recognizing November as Pet Diabetes Month.
Common Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
Both dogs and cats may display several of the same symptoms, including:
- Appear constantly hungry but, no matter how much he eats, doesn’t gain weight or maintains his current weight
- Drink more water than normal
- Go to the toilet more often than usual and may begin having accidents either in the house or outside of the litter box
Dog owners may also notice that their dog’s eyes become cloudy while cats often develop thinner fur/hair and become lethargic.
If your dog or cat exhibits any of the symptoms, make an appointment with your veterinarian to have him examined as soon as possible.
Is Your Dog or Cat at Risk of Developing Diabetes?
Some dogs and cats are much more susceptible to diabetes than others. Cats may develop pet diabetes due to genetics, obesity, pancreatitis, or even insufficient activity.
Unspayed female dogs are at a higher risk of developing pet diabetes, which usually occurs between the ages of four and 14. Pet diabetes is also more common in such breeds as daschunds, labs, cocker spaniels, and toy poodles.
Treatment of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
Treating a dog or a cat with pet diabetes is similar to the treatment of humans . Here’s a brief overview of potential treatments for your dog or cat:
- Food – high quality diet that is high in protein
- Insulin shots – between one and two each day
- Monitoring – generally with a urine test or a blood test
For more information on Pet Diabetes Month and to determine if your dog or cat should be tested, please go to: https://www.petdiabetesmonth.co.uk/.