Dogs And Cats Can Suffer From Diabetes, Too.

By Species, By Topic, Cats, Dogs, Nutrition

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, diabetes affects 1 in every 200 cats and 1 in every 400-500 dogs. While there are serious symptoms and consequences of this disease, proper management can help to keep diabetic pets in good health.

Diabetes mellitus is a condition that occurs when glucose, a type of sugar, is not used by the body normally. Glucose is the main source of energy for the body’s cells. Glucose levels in the blood are controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas. In diabetics, there is not enough glucose transported into the body’s cells. As a result, there is not enough energy for the cells to function normally, and, the tissues become starved for energy.

Diabetes in pets can occur at any age. Dogs are usually between the ages of 4 and 14 years, with most being diagnosed between age 7 and 10 years. Cats that become diabetic are usually 6 years or older. Diabetes occurs in female dogs twice as often as in male dogs but is found in neutered male cats more often than in female cats. Obesity is a major risk factor in the development of diabetes, so helping your pet maintain a healthy weight is very important.

Some of the signs of diabetes might include: excessive thirst or drinking more water than usual, increased urination, an increased appetite but does not gain weight, vomiting, loss of energy, or a shabby-looking coat. Symptoms can vary, but if your pet is experiencing any symptoms mentioned here, or you notice other worrisome changes, it is important to see a veterinarian for a thorough evaluation!

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