Diabetes in Pets: 6 Warning Signs that Your Pet May Have Diabetes

Diabetes in Pets: 6 Warning Signs that Your Pet May Have Diabetes

Diabetes in pets or simply pet diabetes is one of those diseases that tend to become “full blown” before we are aware there is a problem.  This is a bad one when neglected, but if early diagnosis is made and treatment is started, pet diabetes can usually be controlled and the afflicted pet will be able to live a relatively normal life. Early detection is of the utmost importance to manage this condition, so here are some pet diabetes signs for you to watch for  diabetes in your dog or cat.

Pet Diabetes Signs in Your Dog or Cat

Diabetes in pets Broken Arrow, OK - Village Vet Animal ClinicDrinking a lot of water:

Of course it is natural for your pet to drink more water in the hot weather or after a rigorous work-out or a long walk, but excessive drinking throughout the day even when just lying around the house, may be a signal to check for diabetes in your dog or cat. If this activity continues take your pet to your veterinarian for a diabetes check up.

Excessive Urination:

If you find that your cat’s litter box is always full of urine or your dog is going out too frequently and urinating excessively, time to call the Veterinarian. A simple “dip stick” test may reveal too much sugar in the urine. If this is the case you have probably got an early case of diabetes. Additional lab work will need to be performed to make a final diagnosis.

“Sweet Breath”

A “sweet breath” or acetone like smell to your dog’s breath is a good indicator that you may have a problem. Combine this with the other findings of drinking a lot of water and excessive urination this could be a strong signal that it is time for a diabetes check-up.

Shaking or Trembling:

If your pet frequently shaking or trembling for no apparent reason and especially if any of the other pet diabetes signs we have mentioned are present, your pet may have an advanced case of pet diabetes and need help immediately. The trembling is caused by hypoglycemia {low blood sugar) a dangerous condition that requires urgent treatment by your veterinary professional.

Weakness and Tiredness:

Your typically energetic, active dog is suddenly not interested in his morning walk and seems overly depressed and tired all the time, it is a good bet your pet has “low blood sugar.” This condition is much harder to determine in a cat, but close observation may give you a clue that something is going on. Once the blood sugar deficiency is corrected your pet will be back to normal quickly.

Diabetes in Pets and Obesity

Overweight is common for pets with diabetes but as the disease progresses there is a tendency for the pet to lose weight. Anytime there is a sudden weight loss, or gain, check your dog or cat for any signs of a disease that could be causing the sudden change. In many cases there is an underlining disease or maybe just a major change in the feeding habits.

Caring for Pets with Diabetes

Early diagnosis is the key to successfully managing diabetes in both humans and animals. Dogs and cats with diabetes usually require lifelong treatment with special diets, a good fitness regimen and, particularly in dogs, daily insulin injections.  The key to managing diabetes in pets is to keep your pet’s blood sugar near normal levels and avoid too-high or too-low levels that can be life-threatening.   Contact your Broken Arrow Veterinarian if you have any reason to suspect pet diabetes.  Exercise, proper nutrition and weight management are the best ways to prevent diabetes in pets.

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