Diabetes in Pets on the Rise!

Top Ten signs your Pet may have Diabetes

Hyperglycemia, abnormally high levels of glucose in the blood, is a hallmark sign of diabetes. Insulin, a hormone produced and released by the pancreas, plays a key role in maintaining normal sugar levels. Low levels or absolute deficiency of insulin results in abnormally high blood sugar levels. Potential causes for hyperglycemia include pancreatitis, and the resulting inability to produce insulin; diet; and infections of the body (such as teeth, or urinary tract).

Middle aged and older pets are more at risk for developing hyperglycemia, and it is more common in females than in males. Any breed can be affected, but some smaller dog breeds appear to be more disposed, including beagles, cairn terriers, dachshunds, miniature poodles and schnauzers.

Unfortunately there is a growing epidemic among our pets! So recognizing and spreading awareness about diabetes in dogs and cats is vital to helping you, pet owners spot and treat the disorder early.

1) Increased Thirst
Drinking more water than usual, known as polydipsia, is an early warning of diabetes.

2) Increased Urination
Urinating more frequently, producing more urine throughout the day, or having “accidents” in the house may mean your cat or dog has developed polyuria, another early warning sign of diabetes that goes hand in hand with polydipsia.

3) Increased Hunger
If your cat or dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as polyphagia) and maintains or loses weight despite increased food intake, this can be a sign of diabetes as well.

4) Sudden Weight Loss
Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.

5) Obesity
Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore, if your pet is obese you should start taking some action to reduce the weight and keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any symptoms of diabetes.

6) Weakness or Fatigue
Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs, there may just be a general sense of lethargy, being less active, or sleeping more.

7) Thinning or Dull Hair
Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included, so it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.

8) Cloudy Eyes
A common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. Cataracts can lead to blindness if not monitored.

9) Depression
A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in the body of your pet can cause depression.

10) Vomiting
Another side effect of ketoacidosis, if your pet’s diabetes has escalated to this point before it’s been recognized, is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females. Dachshund and Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.

If you think your pet shows several of the above symptoms please let you Vet check them out. Besides dietary changes, there are Homeopathic remedies that could support the organs involved in Diabetes. Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about that.

(source PetMD)


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