Dogs and cats can get diabetes, just like humans, mice, bonobos and any other mammals with an insulin-secreting pancreas. As is the case with people, for our furry friends, diabetes is a disease that usually comes with age, lack of physical activity, and especially obesity.
If identified early, diabetes can be managed without overwhelming discomfort or medication for the normal duration of our pet’s lives. Nonetheless, if we really cared about our pets, our goal would be to prevent the incidence of diabetes for them altogether, and this can be done by providing them with a healthful diet and space to exercise.
There are some telltale signs that your pet may already be suffering from diabetes. Two of the most prominent symptoms of diabetes in your cats and dogs are very similar to the ones in people:
- Excessive thirst and urination
- Weight loss no matter how much they eat
A veterinarian can diagnose your pet’s diabetes and can set up a regimen of diet and exercise. One other treatment that can be prescribed for advanced cases is insulin. It is important to monitor your pet carefully as he/she grows older so diabetes or other chronic conditions, from cataracts to cancer, are caught early and properly managed.
Resources and Further Reading
For more information on the symptoms of diabetes in dogs and how to prevent diabetes:
For more information on how to care for your diabetic pet:
Some risk-factors for diabetes in pets: http://vetmed.illinois.edu/pet_column/diabetes-risks-treatment-pets/
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