November is National Pet Diabetes Month.
While we often think of diabetes as a health issue for humans, it affects animals as well. Here's what you should know about pet diabetes:
Diabetes in pets is very similar to diabetes in humans. There are two types of diabetes in people and, comparably, there are two types of diabetes diagnosed in pets.
Factors contributing to diabetes in people and pets are lifestyle (active vs sedentary); weight (lean vs obese); and genetics (family history or, in pets, breed disposition).
Luckily, there are a number of ways to prevent the onset of diabetes. To prevent the onset of diabetes, both people and pets can remain active, avoid diets high in sugar and fat, and maintain a good weight.
The symptoms of diabetes in pets are also similar to the symptoms of diabetes in people. Some such symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Excessive hunger
- Weight loss
- Cloudy eyes
- Persistent tiredness
- Poor coat
If you notice some of these symptoms, it’s best to schedule a visit with your veterinarian. An exam followed by bloodwork will help diagnose whether or not the cause is diabetes. While diabetes is treatable, prevention is always preferred. So get out, get moving, and adopt a healthy lifestyle for both you and your pet.
For more information about pet diabetes, please visit the website for Pet Diabetes Month.
Robyn King is our Hopsital Manager here at Pet Street Station Animal Hospital. She enjoys the diversity of her job and being able to problem solve. Check out Robyn's full bio here!