Diabetes is not just a human illness. It can occur in our pets as well. In fact, animal diabetes has become a growing concern. Here are some general facts about pet diabetes and what to look out for.
Diabetes tends to show up in older pets, though younger ones can develop it as well. Typically, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years of age and are usually diagnosed around the 7 to 10-year marks. Most diabetic cats are older than 6 years of age.
Obesity is also a major risk factor for diabetes. Aging can further lead to other illnesses that raise the risk of diabetes. These include overactivity of the adrenal gland in dogs, hyperthyroidism (in cats), and pancreatitis.
Signs of diabetes to look out for include excessive thirst, increased urination, weight loss, change in appetite, cloudy eyes (especially in dogs), and chronic infections.
If you think your pet is at risk for diabetes, remember we are here to help. We can examine your pet for problem signs as well as discuss prevention methods.