Did you know that beside November being “No Shave November” or being home to two pretty awesome holidays (Thanksgiving and Black Friday) it is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month? So you may ask why you should care about Pet Diabetes when you have a healthy 20 pound orange tabby or a frolicking 55 pound dachshund. Diabetes can be a sneaky disease that can start with very subtle signs that can destroy your pet’s organs all while showing little to no signs on the outside. What subtle signs should you be watching for… Increased thirst, urination and hunger can show up early in the disease with weakness, blindness, weight loss, and lethargy arriving a little later to the party. If you do see your pet showing any of these signs, you should get your pet into their vet’s office as soon as possible despite your pet’s age, breed or outwardly appearance. Diabetes is a non-discriminatory disease and can affect young, old, cat and dog. There are certain pets that seem to be more pre-disposed to developing diabetes and these include: overweight pets, Siamese cats, Samoyeds, Keeshonds, Min Pins, Terriers, Schnauzers, Dachshunds, Poodles, Beagles, Bichon Frise, female dogs and male cats. After that list it is easy to see why it is better to be safe than sorry! With a simple blood and/or urine test done in your vet’s office you can get quick confirmation of diabetes and get your pet on the road to recovery or you can find out your pet is perfectly healthy and was just more thirsty than usual…and that is a win-win either way my friend. If you do get the dreaded diagnosis of Diabetes you can rest assured that your pet can continue to live a long and healthy life with some lifestyle changes. With overweight pets, your vet may encourage a weight loss routine be implemented. Most pets will benefit from being on a diabetes specific, veterinary grade diet and this sometimes keeps your pet from needing insulin all together! If weight loss and diabetes specific food does not cut it, your vet may implement an insulin routine to get your pet back to his or her fighting shape. While it takes regulation and work on both you and your pet’s part, you can continue to keep your beloved fluffy-one around for many more happy, healthy years.
Nov 10 2016