Diabetes in pets can occur at any age. Dogs usually 4-14 years old are diagnosed more often, and most are diagnosed at around 7-10 years of age. For cats, most diabetic felines are older than six. One of the most significant risk factors in diabetic pets is obesity. When cats or dogs get older, they are more susceptible to other diseases that can result in diabetes. Long-term use of medications containing corticosteroids also pose a risk factor for diabetes.
Signs of Diabetes in Pets
Observing early diabetic signs in pets is the most important step to managing this disease. The earlier the diagnosis, the better chance your pet will have for a happy and healthy life. If you see any of the below symptoms, please bring them by PAVG for an examination:
- Increased urination caused by excessive water intake
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Cloudy eyes
- Chronic or recurring infections
After testing, if diabetes is confirmed, your vet will prescribe an initial dose and type of insulin for your pet. Over time, your veterinarian may need to adjust your pet’s treatment regimen after close monitoring. Diet recommendations are also an important part of treatment.
Successful treatment will require regular exams, testing and monitoring your pet’s weight, appetite, drinking and urination.
While there’s no known cure for diabetes, it can be managed with insulin injections, diet modification and careful blood monitoring. However, this disease remains a serious, life-threatening condition. If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms or you have further questions about this condition, please contact us at our following locations:
Dunlap II: 309-413-0527