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Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

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667 Harris Road
Ferndale, NY 12734
Phone: 845-292-6711

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DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed
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Diabetes in Dogs and Cats Treated by Our Veterinary Clinic in Ferndale

It often comes as a surprise, but pets like dogs and cats can get diabetes. This disease requires careful management to ensure a long life for the animal and to preserve his or her health. Here is an overview of the diagnosis and treatment of pet diabetes:

Cat with diabetes needs to see a veterinarian in Ferndale.

Discovering the Diabetes

A diagnosis of diabetes usually doesn't start with a blood test. Though an overall wellness checkup may include such a test, it is more common for owners to notice the symptoms and then bring the pet in for a special appointment. As with many other conditions, treatment will be more successful when the owner is quick to do this. That means that it's not a good idea to wait for a regularly-scheduled checkup even if your pet typically has an annual exam.

The symptoms to look for start with noticeably-increased water drinking and urination. This is a hallmark sign in humans as well. Other things to be on the lookout for include increased incidences of infection, unexplained weight loss (sometimes even with increased appetite), and cloudy eyes.

If you see these symptoms in your pet, it's time to bring the animal to Animal Hospital of Sullivan County to have the diagnosis confirmed. Confirmation typically requires a simple blood test. You may be asked to withhold food (including treats) from your pet for a set time before the appointment. This is to allow a "fasting blood glucose" test to be done. Fasting tests help eliminate the influence of recent meals on blood glucose levels.

Since diabetes typically affects older pets, other tests may be done to rule out other conditions that affect dogs and cats in this age range. Urine tests and other types of blood tests are some of these.

Testing and Treatment

Our veterinarian in Ferndale will prescribe a variety of treatments after tests confirm the levels of blood glucose involved. Typically, these include starting and maintaining an exercise program and special diet. Insulin is likely to be prescribed as well, especially for dogs.

Since the dog's owner controls what food the animal gets – making it so that the pet needs no willpower in order to stick to them - diets work far better for pets than they do for humans. Exercise, however, will require the human to be a bit motivated, especially if the pet is a dog. On the plus side, you'll both get healthy walks and feel better!

As in humans, insulin must be given to pets as an injection. This is because digestion destroys it. Our animal hospital in Ferndale, NY will teach pet owners and caregivers how to give the shots. Insulin needles are very short and thin, so they'll be tolerated better than the ones typically used for other treatments.

Contact Our Local Veterinarian in Ferndale for More Information Today!

If your dog or cat has been showing any of the signs of diabetes, give us a call at 845-292-6711. We'll schedule an appointment to test for these conditions and any others that may present the symptoms you're seeing. Soon, we'll have an effective treatment plan for your pet.

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Testimonial

Dr. Barbara Bodolosky is a very talented and professional veterinarian and we chose her to be our vet for our new rescue pup, Sweetie. We are lifelong residents of Sullivan County and have had many vets treating our pets over the years. We picked Dr. B because we had read many glowing and thankful reviews on various websites and noted that her practice is listed as #2 in the Top Ten Vets in Sullivan County. We were instantly drawn to her warm, calm, caring and practice approach to animal care which is also evident in her interaction with us on each visit. Dr. B is willing to spend lots of time with us as we learn about our newest companion and discuss the best care and training for our wonderful, Sweetie – no question is too small. She has been practicing in Sullivan County since 2001 and caring for animals since 1993 after leaving the military. {Note: Recently friends of ours needed to have a very large fishhook removed from their toy Yorkie’s stomach and they report that Dr. B provided instant help and was a skillful surgeon – all went well. Another friend of ours told us that several groomers had tried and failed to clip her Shih Tzu’s nails due to his crazed behavior and his painfully long nails were now impacting his gait – Dr. B and her team accomplished this taking 45 slow and gentle minutes and only charging $16} All of her office staff are friendly and always helpful – happy to meet and greet your pets too. It should also be noted that the practice is bright and clean and modern – even the grounds are kept immaculately and are free of any “messes”! Animal Hospital of Sullivan County is open most days until 5 or 6 pm and offers on-call emergency services 7 days a week from 7:30am to 9pm. They also board pets and maintain the only local crematorium if such services are ever needed. (Dr. B had been most kind and beyond supportive when we were faced with the illness and eventual loss of our beloved dog after 18 years of being a most important member of our family.) We cannot recommend Dr. B more highly and we thank her for her service and care.

- Mrs. H

Office Hours

DayHours By Appointment
Monday7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
SundayClosed

*Our on-call emergency hours are available seven days a week from 7:30 AM - 9:00 PM

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