Diabetes is not just a human illness. It occurs in dogs and cats as well. A great deal of the diabetes we see in pets can be prevented.
Diabetes tends to show up in older pets though not always. Typically, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years of age and are usually diagnosed around the 7 to 10-year marks. Most diabetic cats are older than 6 years of age.
Obesity and eating human food are major risk factors for diabetes in dogs and cats. Aging can also lead to other illnesses that raise the risk of diabetes. These include overactivity of the adrenal gland in dogs, hyperthyroidism in cats, and pancreatitis in both species.
Signs of diabetes to look out for include excessive thirst, increased urination, weight loss, change in appetite, cloudy eyes (especially in dogs), and chronic infections.
If you think your pet is at risk for diabetes, remember we are here to help. We can test your pet for the condition as well as discuss prevention methods.