Diabetes Mellitus (DM), affects a pet’s ability to properly use or produce insulin; their body stops producing insulin altogether or cannot produce the quantity necessary. With diabetes, a pet’s body also inhibits organs and muscles from converting sugars into energy, creating a condition known as hyperglycemia – an excess of glucose in the bloodstream.

Symptoms that may indicate diabetes: 

  • Anorexia
  • Canines occasionally develop cataracts 
  • Depression
  • Excessive thirst
  • Increased urination
  • Sudden increase in appetite and excessive hunger
  • Sweet smelling breath
  • Tiredness combined with weakness

Treatment for diabetes

If we suspect that a patient may have diabetes, our Veterinarian may request a bloodwork panel and urinalysis as the standard tests to diagnose diabetes. Once a positive diagnosis is made, our veterinarian will discuss a custom treatment plan with you. 

Nutrition is an important aspect of care. We commonly enforce a strict nutritional diet alongside owner-administered insulin. You will receive proper instruction about correct dosages and timing prior to administering the insulin on your own. The sooner a pet is examined and diagnosed, the sooner the disease can be managed; and the better the pet’s outlook is. 

Please contact our veterinary office if you suspect that your pet might be suffering from diabetes.

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