Diabetes in dogs and cats is a disease that is increasing in the world. As with humans, changes in lifestyle habits – which favor obesity – favor the appearance of this pathology.
It is estimated that, at present, 1 in every 200 minions and 1 in every 500 dogs are diabetic. If your pet is part of this statistic, in this article you will find tips to control your sugar level.
Signs and treatment for diabetes in dogs and cats
You should pay attention to the following signs on your little animal:
- Increased thirst and urination
- Voracious appetite
Go to the veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis through urine and blood tests and to indicate the appropriate treatment. If you do not act quickly, your pet will suffer a gradual deterioration of its health.
The professional may indicate the use of insulin and determine the appropriate doses. You should apply it with a syringe, subcutaneously and trying to keep your animal from suffering.
In some cases, the veterinarian may opt for oral treatment.
Exercise as a tool to “burn glucose”
Exercise “burns” glucose in the same way that insulin does. Also, it promotes weight loss and bone and muscle health.
Therefore, it is ideal for your pet to exercise daily. But attention: you should do it moderately.
An excess of activity can cause hypoglycemia that, if not detected in time, will put your life at risk.
Take your pet urgently to the veterinarian if he has excessive hunger, chills, weakness, convulsions, confusion and stumbling blocks.
In case of extreme emergency, you can provide glucose solutions orally.
A proper diet to control diabetes in dogs and cats
- Your pet’s diet should include a lot of fiber and should be low in calories and fat, especially if the animal is overweight.
- As the balance of nutrients is essential, the preparation of homemade diets is not recommended, since it can be difficult to calculate the specific amount of each element. The veterinarian will indicate the most appropriate balance.
- Ideally, feed your dog or cat every 12 hours, before administering insulin. You should try to be strict in this routine to avoid significant fluctuations in your glucose level.
- Keep in mind that, to get good control of the disease, your pet must consume the same amount of food every day. And you don’t have to allow him to eat anything outside of his specific diet.
Diabetes in dogs usually appears between 7 and 9 years of age. The females unsterilized are those most at risk of suffering.
If you do not treat the disease properly, the animal can develop cataracts and become blind.
There are some races more likely to suffer from this ailment. Between them:
- Australian Terrier
- Miniature schnauzer
- French poodle miniature
- Pug or Carlino
- Finnish Spitzes
- English Springer Spaniels
- Dachshund or Dachshund
- Golden retriever
Cats with diabetes
Everything seems to indicate that in the feline world there are no races that present a tendency to suffer this pathology. But castrated males of all races are the most likely to suffer from diabetes. The disease usually manifests between 7 and 8 years of age.
And, although felines rarely develop cataracts, they can develop yellow discoloration of the mucous membranes.
In search of the quality of life for your pet
With proper treatment, your pet will begin to decrease its water consumption and urinate less. It will also become more dynamic and balance your appetite and, consequently, your weight.
Once you manage to stabilize the sugar level of your furry friend, you should try to keep it in time. Do not neglect your medication, your diet or your exercises.
As with people, diabetes in dogs and cats should not be an impediment. So don’t be discouraged. Even if it is a chronic disease, you can get your dear partner to have a good quality of life.