Veterinary Care for Cats and Dogs and Pocket Pets
Welcome to Clark Animal Hospital!
It is National Pet Diabetes Awareness month!
We unfortunately have been seeing an increase in the number of cases of diabetes in our pets over the past few years. Diabetes most commonly occurs in middle age to older dogs and cats, but occasionally occurs in young animals. When diabetes occurs in young animals, it is often genetic and may occur in related animals. Diabetes mellitus occurs more commonly in female dogs and in male cats. Certain conditions predispose a dog or cat to developing diabetes. Animals that are overweight or those with inflammation of the pancreas are more at risk to developing diabetes.
The most common signs you may notice at home include your pet drinking and urinating more than normal, weight loss, a decrease in appetite and occasionally vomiting. If you are concerned that your pet has any of these clinical signs they should be brought in for an examination. The diagnosis of diabetes is made by finding a large increase in blood sugar and a large amount of sugar in the urine. A blood screen of other organs is also obtained to look for changes in the liver, kidney and pancreas and a urine sample may be cultured to look for infection of the kidneys or bladder.
Diabetes is managed long term by the injection of insulin by the owner once or twice a day and through feeding a good quality food specific for Diabetes.
Having your pet examined yearly will help us to know what is normal for him/her and to catch diseases early! If you have any questions please give us a call.