Diabetes

Diabetes is a common disease in older pets due to lack of insulin being produced by the pancreas. This causes an increase in the level of glucose in the blood. Contributing factors to a pet developing diabetes include being overweight, over eight years old, and breed susceptibility (such as Burmese cats, or Labrador Retriever, Old English Sheepdog, Poodles dogs). Some common warning signs of diabetes include: increases thirst, increased urination, weight loss, lack of appetite, lack of energy and vomiting. Make sure your diabetic pet gets lots of exercise, an appropriate feeding plan and insulin medication if required. These steps will all increase the quality of life for your diabetic pet. Treatment of diabetes is not overly expensive, but your pet will require monitoring of their blood glucose levels to regulate their insulin dose. Once your pet is regulated they will require follow up testing every few months to make sure the insulin dose in still correct for them.

 

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