November is National Diabetes Month.
While originally designated to raise awareness of diabetes in humans, November is the month when we at Brownsburg Animal Clinic join many of our veterinary colleagues in focusing special attention on diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats.
Signs Your Pet May Have Diabetes
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive and/or inappropriate urination
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss
- Cloudy eye lenses (in dogs)
- Depression or fatigue
- Poor skin condition, dandruff or oily coat
If your pet shows any of these signs, schedule an appointment at the clinic right away.
To Find Out More About Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
On its website page, “Diabetes in Pets,” the American Veterinary Medical Association provides an excellent summary of diabetes basics for pet owners.
On the PetMD website, you’ll find a comprehensive overview titled, “Diabetes in Dogs and Cats: Everything You Need to Know.”
Visit the “Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats” page on our own website and follow the links to our post and handout on how we handle blood sugar monitoring.
We’re Here to Help
If you suspect your dog or cat may have diabetes, the next step is to schedule an appointment for an examination. If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, your veterinarian will explain how we can work with you to treat and manage the condition.
If left untreated, diabetes can be deadly. But with proper diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management, your diabetic pet can enjoy a healthy, happy life.