With this month observed for pet diabetes awareness, your friends at Pet Vet Animal Hospitals want to help educate you on this growing disease in cats and dogs. Here are five key points to know about pet diabetes:
- Like diabetes in humans, pet diabetes is caused when there’s too much glucose (or sugar) in our dog’s or cat’s bloodstream.
- Also, like diabetes in humans, there are two types in our pets: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The majority of dogs with diabetes have type 1, while most cats have type 2 diabetes.
- There is no known cause for type 1 diabetes, though it’s widely believed to be related to genetics. However, type 2 diabetes is a result of pet obesity and may be a combination of excessive weight and other factors.
- Your best line of defense in preventing pet diabetes is to keep your cat or dog at a healthy weight. This means feeding them the right foods in appropriate amounts and helping them get exercise.
- Symptoms of pet diabetes include an increase in water consumption; an increase in food with no weight gain; and increased urination.
Should you suspect pet diabetes in your cat or dog, don’t delay in making an appointment with your veterinarian. He or she will perform a physical examination and run tests to get to the root of your pet’s problem.