Diabetes in Pets on the Rise

 In Clinic News

In the last 10 years, diabetes has increased 80 percent in dogs and 18 percent in cats, according to statistics from Banfield Pet Hospital’s State of Pet Health 2016 Report. Type 1 diabetes is rare in pets, but Type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent, affecting middle age and senior dogs and cats. Keep an eye out for these diabetes symptoms in your pet:

  1. Increased urination and thirst
  2. Increase in appetite
  3. Weight loss
  4. Tiredness and a lack of energy
  5. Vision problems
  6. Urinary tract infections
  7. Kidney failure

As with humans, pets develop diabetes due to decreased production of insulin or the inability of the body to use it efficiently (insulin resistance). Obesity, unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity are the biggest reasons pets become diabetic. Many of the pets we see   who eat substantial amounts of human food eventually end up with diabetes or pancreatitis or both.  Prevention is always the best cure. Be sure to feed your pet a portion-controlled, balanced, and species appropriate diet. Make sure your furry friend is getting daily physical exercise. Finally, bring your pet in for routine examinations, and schedule an appointment right away if you ever notice one or more of the symptoms above.

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