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Does your cat or dog have diabetes?

Successful management of diabetes is achievable with insulin therapy, attention to diet and exercise. Owners of a diabetic cat or dog can restore their pet's quality of life through effective management of diabetes mellitus.
Pet: CatDog | Topic: Diabetes | Published: 29.08.2014 | Updated: 15.10.2014

What causes pet diabetes?

Diabetes happens because the body stops making or responding to insulin – a hormone that controls the amount of sugar in the blood. As well as difficulties caused by an inability to turn sugar into energy the body can use, high sugar levels in the blood result in sugar (and lots of water) being passed out in the urine.

With rare exceptions, the presence of any sugar which shows in a simple urine test from a cat or dog means they are likely to have diabetes.

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Diabetes mellitus in dogs

Diabetes mellitus in cats

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Early diagnosis is vital

Like all illnesses, the earlier the problem is diagnosed and treated, the better. Unfortunately, your pet can’t tell you how they’re feeling. Fortunately, though, diabetes can be easily diagnosed by your vet.

What if your dog or cat has pet diabetes?

If you’ve just found out that your dog or cat has diabetes you may be worried about what the future holds or how you and your pet will cope with the treatment programme. In fact, many thousands of dog and cat owners have gone through exactly this experience and as you embark on caring for a pet with diabetes, help is at hand. Your veterinary team will work closely with you on a programme tailored for your pet including;

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Monitoring your pet
  • And treatment

Treatment for diabetic pets

Just as people with diabetes can live a relatively normal life with a little care, so can pets, thanks to advances in veterinary medicine.

When owners of diabetic pets were asked if they would recommend other owners proceed with treatment of their diabetic pet over 70% of dog owners and nearly 90% of cat owners said that they would ‘without a doubt’.

A fear of needles need not be an obstacle if your pet has diabetes. Caninsulin® VetPen® is a device for cats and dogs that makes giving insulin simpler. It’s pet friendly and owner friendly too, improving injection comfort and increasing the accuracy of giving the small doses that diabetic pets often need. With the support of your veterinary practice, following a positive diagnosis you and your pet can both feel relaxed about controlling diabetes.

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