Diabetes is a common health issue for humans, and many of us are familiar with it, but what about pet diabetes? Often, some pet owners don’t realize this severe health condition can affect their dogs and cats. Alexander Animal Hospital knows how important it is to keep your pet healthy, and understanding pet diabetes can help you achieve that.
What is Pet Diabetes?
Diabetes in your pet can develop when their pancreas fails to create significant amounts of insulin or when their body’s cells resist insulin. Your pet’s body fails to respond to normal insulin production levels. In other words, pet diabetes forms when your furry friend does not have sufficient insulin to burn off the glucose derived from the carbohydrates that have been consumed.
Moreover, contact us immediately if your pet exhibits the following characteristic symptoms:
- Weight loss
- Increased urination
- Development of cataracts in dogs
- Increased thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Dull hair coat
What Can Pet Owners Do to Help?
No person wants to see their furry best friend go through pet diabetes. But there are some things you can do to reduce the chances of diabetes in your furry friend:
- Excellent nutrition and weight management plan are primary to pet wellness
- Encourage at least 15-30 minutes of exercise with a particular ball, crinkly balls, catnip toys, or runs in the backyard
- Maintain your pet’s pancreas healthy by avoiding giving them fatty foods like bacon or buttery treats
Sometimes, diabetes can develop despite doing everything right for your pet. Working together to support your pet is essential for managing this chronic condition. Additionally, dietary therapy and insulin injections are a significant part of this and are possible for most. Call us today with any questions, concerns, or comments.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.