Pets can develop diabetes just as people do. And as with humans, diabetes is a serious disease that can shorten your pet’s lifespan. Fortunately, several treatment options are available. Our veterinarian can help you detect and manage this disease effectively. At Dassault Veterinary Clinic in Austin, TX, we provide diagnosis and effective treatment for pets with diabetes.
Understanding Diabetes in Pets
Diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas that occurs when the organ cannot produce enough insulin, which is an important hormone of body metabolism. Insulin removes excess glucose from the body. When sufficient insulin is not produced, glucose, or blood sugar, builds up in the body, causing damage to internal organs. This damage can lead to chronic infections, nerve damage, heart disease, kidney disease, and vision loss.
What Causes Diabetes in Pets?
The reason why an animal develops diabetes can be complex. Genetic factors play a part, and some breeds are more prone to diabetes than others. If your cat is significantly overweight, there is a higher risk of developing diabetes. Older animals are at a higher risk for diabetes, as are females. Poor nutrition and hormonal disorders also increase your pet’s risk of developing diabetes.
Symptoms of Pet Diabetes
Pet owners may notice their pets are drinking much more water than usual and are going to the bathroom much more frequently. Animals may be hungry all the time or may lose their appetites. Your dog or cat may seem lethargic and reluctant to exercise. Animals may vomit more frequently. You may notice your pet’s eyes look cloudy, due to cataracts that are forming.
Diagnosing Diabetes in Pets
Veterinarians can detect diabetes in animals through the use of urine and blood testing. These tests measure the amount of glucose that is being excreted by the body.
Treatment of Pet Diabetes
Our veterinarian will recommend a diet low in carbohydrates and ensure your pet gets regular exercise to help regulate blood sugar levels. Daily injections of insulin are usually prescribed, and the vet will teach you how to administer these shots to your pet. Regular blood testing will help to ensure blood sugar levels are kept within normal levels. Vaccinations and other preventative care are particularly important for pets with diabetes, so talk to our veterinarian about staying updated on these measures.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Austin
At Dassault Veterinary Clinic, we have provided Austin pet owners with treatment options for pet diabetes for many years. Contact Dassault Veterinary Clinic today at (512) 339-3177 for an appointment to have your pet tested for diabetes and to learn about how you can manage this condition.