When your pet has diabetes, it can cause a wide range of serious health problems. If you worry that your pet may be diabetic, take some time to learn about the disease during Pet Diabetes Month so that you can recognize it in your pet. At Animal Health Medical Center in Abilene, TX, we have been helping local pet owners manage pet diabetes for many years.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets
There are several signs that you can look for in your pet. If you see that your pet is urinating more than usual, this can be a sign. It's caused by the glucose in the urine taking water with it, creating more urine. You may also see increased hunger. With this disease, the body will believe that it's starving and will drive up appetite accordingly. There may also be increased thirst. The body loses so much fluid with this disease that your pet may have high increased thirst because the body is trying to make up for the loss of fluids.
You may also notice weight loss in your pet. This happens because, without insulin, the sugars that are present in your pet’s diet cannot be used. When this happens, your pet is likely not getting enough nourishment, and their body will start to burn the reserves of fat to make up the difference.
With most pets, you can put in the effort to keep your pet healthy so that diabetes doesn't develop. This is often done by keeping your pet on an optimal diet that is rich in nutrients and free of junk ingredients. You have to make sure your pet eats the amount that is recommended for their size instead of letting them eat all that they want. When pets become obese, their chances of suffering from diabetes increase significantly. Getting exercise is another way to help your pet avoid diabetes. Make sure you take your pets for walks and that they get enough playtime. Playtime is necessary every day, so make sure to schedule several walks and play sessions throughout the day.
Schedule a Pet Exam with Our Veterinarian in Abilene, TX
If you think your pet may have diabetes or are simply looking to schedule an annual pet exam, the veterinary professionals at Animal Health and Medical Center are ready to assist you. Call us today at (325) 695-7140 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.