Diabetes; A Condition Not to be Sugar Coated!

Updated: Oct 8, 2021

Did you know that dogs and cats can get Diabetes too? It is common in older pets and is caused by a disease of the pancreas. 💉🔬

The pancreas is a small and vital organ located near the stomach. There are 2 main groups of enzymes within the Pancreas; ones that produce the enzymes necessary for digestion and the other group called beta cells produce the hormone, insulin. Diabetes occurs when these beta-cells fail to regulate blood sugar due to a lack of insulin production.

Some of the most common symptoms that may indicate your pet has diabetes are;

- Weight loss despite an increase in appetite - Excessive thirst and urination - Pungent breath with a bad smell - Lethargy - Vomiting

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to devastating effects on a pets body, which is why early detection and proper treatment are crucial. Effects of diabetes on a pets health can include:

- Cataracts - Enlarged liver - Urinary tract infections - Seizures - Kidney failure - Ketoacidosis: a potentially life-threatening acute condition that can be accompanied by rapid breathing, dehydration, lethargy, vomiting, or sweet-smelling breath. It can be triggered by factors such as stress, surgery, fasting, infection, or an underlying health condition combined with low insulin level.

Your veterinarian can do simple tests to check for diabetes, including testing for excessive glucose (sugar) in the blood and urine. Blood tests can also show other indications of diabetes, such as high liver enzymes and electrolyte imbalances.

The sooner diabetes is diagnosed and treatment begun, the better chance the pet has of a normal life. So give us a call on 07 3288 1822 if you think your pet may be experiencing these symptoms. 📞

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