Nov 01 2014

November

Diabetes Awareness & Prevention Month

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Did you know that cats and dogs can get diabetes just like humans? Diabetes in pets is on the rise. Look for subtle changes like excessive hunger with weight loss, fatigue, excessive thirst and urination, cloudy eyes in dogs and cats can negelct grooming themselves. This disease is most often found in middle-aged dogs and cats. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body lacks the insulin either because the pancreas is not able to produce it, or because the body’s cells are resistant to it’s effect. Insulin is the carrier that drives glucose (sugar), into the cells in order to metabolize it. Without insulin, the body cannot use the glucose and it remains in the blood stream, causing high blood sugar.

Risk factors that can increase the chance of developing diabetes in DOGS:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Non- Spayed Females
  • Breed
  • Poor Diet

Risk factors that can increase the chance of developing diabetes in CATS:

  • Age
  • Neutered Males
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Indoor lifestyle
  • Poor Diet

Today, with effective treatment and monitoring, a diabetic pet can have the same life expectancy as a non-diabetic pet. Early diagnosis of diabetes in your pet is especially important.

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