During the month of November, we recognize diabetes in pets. Just like humans, pets can be affected by either type 1 or type 2. This month, we wanted to spotlight this condition and educate pet owners about diabetes symptoms so that you can catch the condition early, should your pet develop diabetes.
What to look for: Excessive thirst and urination. Lethargy. If you spot these symptoms, get your pet checked out by his/her veterinarian.
Who is at risk: Diabetes can affect any breed of dog and cat at any age, however genetics may play a role. Older pets and those with inactive lifestyles may face greater risks.
What’s one thing you can do to prevent diabetes? Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Not only do obese pets face a greater risk of developing diabetes, but other weight-related health conditions as well. So keep your pet at a healthy weight with regular exercise.
Merck Animal Health provides a great resource for dogs and cats with diabetes.
Do you have any diabetes tips or stories to share?