Diabetic pets require regular vet check-ups to ensure their insulin dose and management is correct.
We often have pets stay the day with us so we can measure their blood sugar regularly through the course of a day to determine their ‘blood glucose curve’.
Many owners become anxious about giving injections to their pet but we run free demonstrations so that owners can feel confident in treating their diabetic pets. Most owners find the technique a breeze within a few days!
What exactly is diabetes in pets?
Diabetes mellitus is a common hormonal disorder in middle-aged to older cats and dogs. It occurs when the hormone insulin (which controls blood sugar levels) isn’t being produced in sufficient amounts or cannot perform its role properly.
In dogs diabetes usually affects middle-aged, small to medium-breed dogs. Diagnosis is made by blood and urine tests and treatment involves lifelong insulin injections given twice a day, with exercise and a modified diet.
Most dogs with diabetes can live happy, normal lives once treated. Many dogs may develop cataracts due to their diabetes that can affect their vision. Thankfully, surgery is possible to remove them if they cause distress to the dog.
Common clinical signs of diabetes to watch for in dogs include: increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite and weight loss.
In cats diabetes may be caused by obesity or certain medications. Treatment is the same as for dogs but may also involve weight reduction and withdrawing medications should they be involved. In some cats these changes can restore normal blood sugar control so that insulin injections can be stopped.
If you’re one of our many satisfied clients, please consider referring us.
Just ask your friend to mention your pet’s name when they book. As our client, you’ll receive a $25 voucher from us, to come off your pet’s next consultation or spend on products available in our reception – and so will your friend!