Animals can develop diabetes, just as people do. This condition involves inadequate production of insulin, an important hormone that allows the body to utilize glucose efficiently. High glucose levels can cause damage to internal organs. Careful management of diabetes can help your pet live a long and active life. At Connelly Animal Clinic in Florence, AL, we provide the testing and treatment pets with diabetes need.
Diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas. In type-1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to produce any insulin, which must be supplied through medication. In type-2 diabetes, inadequate amounts of insulin are produced, or the body fails to utilize the insulin properly. As a result, insulin injections are administered to normalize glucose levels in the body. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes can occur in pets, but most cases are type-2. Without proper management, diabetes can cause serious damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves, and blood vessels.
Causes of Diabetes in Pets
Pets become diabetic due to a number of different factors. Genetic factors may play a part. In fact, some breeds of dogs and cats are more likely to develop diabetes than others. Obesity, aging, and lack of exercise also increase the risk for diabetes.
Symptoms of Pet Diabetes
You may begin to suspect something is wrong when your pet starts drinking more water than usual. Your pet may also have to urinate more frequently. Your animal’s appetite may increase, and he or she may always seem hungry. However, your pet may still lose weight, despite the increased appetite. Your pet may lack energy or experience frequent vomiting.
Diagnosing Diabetes in Pets
Diabetes in pets is diagnosed through blood and urine tests. These tests can detect high levels of glucose in the bloodstream.
Treatment for Pet Diabetes
Diabetes is treated with diet, exercise, and insulin injections to help normalize glucose levels in the blood. Our veterinarians will teach you how to administer your pet’s insulin injections. Although you may be nervous about giving your pet the shots, most pet owners learn the process fairly quickly.
Make Connelly Animal Clinic Your Veterinarian in Florence, AL
Dr. Connelly and Dr. Terrell have dedicated their professional lives to caring for the needs of animals in Florence and surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of veterinary services for pets, including examinations, vaccinations, surgery, emergency care, boarding, and more. Contact Connelly Animal Clinic today at 256-757-5376 for an appointment to have your pet tested and to learn more about treatment options for pet diabetes.