Diabetes can occur in both cats and dogs no matter their age. However, cats that are diabetic are mostly over the age of 6, while dogs usually develop diabetes between 4-14 years of age. Diabetes in dogs is seen more commonly in females than in males. It is necessary to take your pet to an animal hospital if you notice them showing signs of diabetes. We can help you here at Pine Castle Animal Clinic in Orlando, FL if you need your pet seen right away.
It is important for pet owners to be familiar with the early signs of diabetes, since this is the most important part of seeking prompt treatment. If you notice any of the following signs, your pet should be taken to see a vet as soon as possible:
- Excessive thirst and an increase in urination
- A decrease in appetite
- Eyes that appear cloudy
- Infections that are either recurring or chronic
The earlier diabetes is detected, the higher the chances are that your pet may live a healthier and longer life.
Diagnosis & Treatment
While your pet may be clearly showing signs of being diabetic, it still needs to be confirmed by a veterinarian. The vet may run a series of blood tests just to rule out medical conditions that are commonly found in older pets. Checking for diabetes consists of testing for glucosuria and hyperglycemia.
If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, they will be prescribed insulin that can only be given by injection. Your vet will demonstrate how to give your cat or dog the insulin injections. It is also important to modify your pet’s diet to coincide with treatment.
Obesity can heighten the risk of your pet developing diabetes. The older a pet gets, the higher their chances are of developing other diseases that can result in them having diabetes. These other diseases may also affect the pet’s response to treatment for diabetes. Pet owners should also be aware that long-term use of medications that contain corticosteroids can put their pets at risk for developing diabetes.
Have your cat or dog checked here at Pine Castle Animal Clinic in Orlando, FL by giving our us a call at (407) 8855-5010. We also see pets on an emergency basis as well.