Feb 18 2016

Diabetes mellitus in Dogs and Cats

 

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas. It is caused when the pancreas fails to regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes mellitus is usually classified into 2 types.

Type I Diabetes Mellitus- Type I is the most common type of diabetes in dogs while is appears to be a rare type of diabetes in cats.

Type II Diabetes Mellitus- Type II diabetes may often occur in older obese dogs and obesity is a predisposing factor in cats. Type II diabetes is the most common type in cats. Diabetes Mellitus is the second most common endocrine disease in cats.

Diabetes Mellitus is diagnosed by testing; usually blood and urine are collected.  Once diagnosed and a treatment plan is formed it will require monitoring with follow up testing. Diabetes mellitus is a treatable condition and there are many different treatment options for your pet. Some will require insulin treatment and dietary change.

Although long-term treatment requires commitment and dedication, it can be rewarding to manage this condition successfully in a beloved pet.

The most common clinical signs seen in a diabetic pet are increased water consumption, increased urination, weight loss and increased appetite.  Because of the nature of cats, these signs may go unnoticed, especially in the early stages of the disease.

If you are noticing any of these symptoms or your furry friend has not been to a veterinarian in the last six months, please consider calling today to schedule. Routine wellness visits and routine annual bloodwork can detect slight changes in your pets wellbeing before any symptoms are present.

Seiler Animal Hospital is here for your pet’s needs. Call us at 954-491-1222 or stop by today to discuss your options

 

mswartz | Seiler Animal Hospital

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