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Diabetes in Pets

Feline Diabetes

How is diabetes diagnosed?
Diabetes mellitus is diagnosed based on the cat's signs, physical examination findings, laboratory test results, and the persistent presence of abnormally high levels of sugar in the blood and urine. Once diabetes has been diagnosed, immediate treatment is necessary.

Left untreated, diabetes will shorten a cat's lifespan. A dangerous, sometimes fatal condition called ketoacidosis may develop, indicated by loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, dehydration, and breathing abnormalities. Additionally, diabetes can lead to an unhealthy skin and coat, liver disease, and secondary bacterial infections. A diabetes-related disorder called diabetic neuropathy may cause cats to become progressively weaker, especially in the hind legs, impairing their ability to jump and causing them to walk with their hocks touching the ground.

Diabetes treatment is based on the severity of the disease. Cats with ketoacidosis require prompt intensive care, which usually includes fluid therapy and short-acting insulin injections. For cats that are not severely ill, your veterinarian may recommend a treatment plan that includes insulin injections or oral medications, along with dietary changes.

Canine Diabetes

Diabetes is one of many diseases that can affect your dog and can cause visible changes in behavior and other signs. That’s why it is important that your dog be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian at least once a year or more frequently as your veterinarian advises.

Knowing the signs of diabetes is the first step in protecting your dog’s health. If any of these statements describes your pet, speak with your veterinarian about the possibility of diabetes:

  • Drinks more water than usual (polydipsia)
  • Urinates more frequently, produces more urine per day or has “accidents” in the house (polyuria)
  • Always acts hungry (polyphagia), but maintains or loses weight
  • Is less active or sleeps more (lethargic)
  • Has cloudy eyes
  • Has thinning, dry and dull hair

When evaluating your dog for diabetes, your veterinarian may ask about these signs and will check your dog’s general health to rule out the possibility of other diseases or infections. And your veterinarian will test your dog’s urine for the presence of glucose and ketones and measure your dog’s blood glucose level. A diabetes diagnosis only becomes definite when glucose is found at a persistently high level in blood and is detected in urine.

The following websites provide useful information on diabetes in dogs and cats.

These websites can provide information about diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats, information on managing diabetic pets, personal stories from owners of diabetic pets and links to other Internet resources.

In addition to these general websites, you may find some helpful information on the more specific sites below:



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