Nov 08 2018

Pet Diabetes

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November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. In pets, just as in humans, diabetes occurs when the body does not make enough insulin, stops producing it, or doesn’t use insulin properly. Insulin is needed to convert sugars (specifically glucose) in the bloodstream into energy in the body’s cells. With diabetes, the cells do not have enough energy to function properly. The body then begins to breakdown body tissues which are converted to sugar by the liver.

Diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including liver disease, kidney disease, seizures, cataracts/blindness, increased risk of infections, and even death if the condition is not treated.

Though diabetes affects less than 1% of dogs and cats, it’s important to be aware of the risks and signs.

Risk factors include age (older dogs and cats are more susceptible), obesity, inactivity, and genetics. Certain breeds of dogs are at a higher risk for developing diabetes, including the Australian Terrier, Bichon Frisé, Cairn Terrier, Fox Terrier, Keeshond, and Miniature and Standard Poodles. Unspayed female dogs and neutered male cats are also at a greater risk for developing diabetes.

Signs that your pet may have diabetes include:

  • excessive thirst and drinking
  • excessive urination or accidents in the house
  • weight loss despite an increased appetite
  • lethargy (less active)
  • poor skin condition
  • thin, dry, dull coat

Fortunately, the treatment and management of diabetes can be accomplished through a partnership with your veterinarian. 

As with people, diabetes is often controlled with insulin injections, typically given twice a day.  Many pet owners are anxious about giving injections, either for fear of hurting their pet or feeling unable to do it. In fact, it’s easier than you think, and most cats and dogs tolerate the injections quite well. Your veterinary health care team will show you how to give injections to your pet.

Diet and feeding times are important in the management of diabetes. Your veterinarian will recommend a diet that is best your pet. It is important to feed your pet at the same time each day and keep meal sizes the same. Your pet should be fed the amount of food required for his ideal body weight. 

Taking your pet for regular veterinary checkups is an important part of diabetes management. Your veterinarian will recommend visits at regular intervals to monitor your pet’s condition.

A diagnosis of diabetes can be overwhelming, but the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. If you notice any signs associated with diabetes, discuss them with your veterinarian.

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Note: This article, written by LifeLearn Animal Health (LifeLearn Inc.) is licensed to this practice for the personal use of our clients. Any copying, printing or further distribution is prohibited without the express written permission of Lifelearn. Please note that the news information presented here is NOT a substitute for a proper consultation and/or clinical examination of your pet by a veterinarian.

Our Clinic

Mono Veterinary Clinic Professional Corporation opened its doors in March of 1989 as the third small animal clinic in the immediate Orangeville area. Since its inception, the clinic has operated as a solo practice, run by Dr. Gudrun Thomas aka Goodie.

Location Hours
Monday8:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday8:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday8:30am – 7:00pm

Emergency Process When the office is closed veterinary services are provided by Emergency Veterinary Clinic Hwy 10 in Brampton. This clinic is located on the southeast corner of Wexford and Hwy 10, one light south of Fishermans Drive. The number there is 905-495-9907. They are open from 7 pm to 8 am Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and then from Friday nights at 7 pm straight through until Monday 8am. They are also open on stat holidays. If your pet is hospitalized overnight and needs to come back to us, please note that their pickup time is between 7 and 7:30a. We are normally not open until 8:30a. If you would leave a message on our office phone 519-941-6383 we will do our very best to meet you at the clinic well before 8:30a.