Acre Hill #11
As it gets chillier and we want to bundle up in front of the fireplace and stay warm let’s not forget to keep an eye on our fur babies to ensure they are staying happy and healthy. November marks National Pet Diabetes Month. One thing we would like to cover is how to watch for signs and deal with a disease both animals and humans can get.
If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.
While there’s no cure for diabetes, proper care can help your pet live a happy, healthy, active life. The more you know about diabetes, the better you’ll be able to work with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet’s health.
Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.
Are there warning signs I should be aware of?
Some common signs of diabetes in dogs and cats include: • Excessive thirst • Excessive urination—your pet produces more urine per day and may have “accidents” in the house (dogs) or outside the litterbox (cats) • Excessive hunger while losing weight • Lethargy (less active/sleeps more) • Cloudy eyes (dogs) • Doesn’t groom (cats) • Thinning, dry, and dull hair.
Risk factors in dogs?
• Age (middle-aged to older dogs are more affected) • Unspayed females • Genetics • Obesity • Breed—these breeds have a higher risk of developing diabetes: – Cocker Spaniels – Dachshunds – Dobermann Pinschers – German Shepherds – Golden Retrievers – Labrador Retrievers – Pomeranians – Terriers – Toy Poodles.
Risk Factors in cats?
• Age (older cats are more susceptible) • Neutered males • Genetics • Other disorders or diseases, which can cause insulin reduction or resistance such as chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones) • Obesity • Physical inactivity.
Sorry there is no Pet of the Month information in this newsletter. Hopefully we will be able to send out an email with the new information later in the week.