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Posted on 12-07-2017

Understanding Diabetes in Pets

Diabetes doesn’t just affect people. It’s also possible for older dogs and cats to develop this disease. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced veterinarian in Ferndale NY, diabetes is a very manageable condition. At the  Animal Hospital of Sullivan County, our highly skilled vets have the training and expertise needed to diagnose diabetes in pets and recommend an effective treatment plan.

Older German Sheppard getting tested for diabetes.

What is Pet Diabetes?

Just as with humans, diabetes in pets results from an insufficient production of insulin. About 1 out of every 400 cats has diabetes, and dogs tend to develop the condition between six and nine years old. Any breed can be affected, but German shepherds, golden retrievers, Keeshonden, miniature schnauzers, and poodles are most at risk.

Diabetes affects every organ in your pet’s body. Left untreated, the disease can lead to a variety of health concerns, including:

  • Nerve damage
  • Neurological problems
  • Vision difficulties
  • Digestive issues
  • Dehydration

Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets

It’s important to know what warning signs to watch for so you can bring your pet to see our veterinarian in Ferndale NY without delay. The sooner treatment begins, the less likely your pet is to suffer adverse consequences from diabetes.

Here are the symptoms you might notice early on:

  • Increased thirst - This is a common symptom of early diabetes in humans as well.
  • Increased appetite and weight loss - When your pet can’t properly metabolize sugar, the pet will eat more, yet still lose weight.

More advanced diabetes eventually leads to these problems:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Cataracts
  • Coma

How to Treat Diabetes in Pets

The most common methods for regulating diabetes are to adjust your pet’s diet and inject insulin daily. You will receive instructions for administering insulin at home so this treatment creates the least amount of disruption possible to your everyday life.

Visit the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County for Diabetes Treatment

If you notice any symptoms of diabetes in your pet, make an appointment at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County by calling 845-292-6711. We’ll ensure the best possible care for your pet.

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