Pet Diabetes Treatment with our Memphis Veterinarians
At PetVax Complete Care Centers, our Memphis TN veterinarian specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diabetes in pets. Unfortunately, this disease is more common than many pet owners realize, and it can affect dogs and cats at any age. Specifically, pet diabetes occurs when the body is not able to produce insulin normally through the pancreas, or the body cannot properly utilize the insulin that is produced. Our veterinary team believes all pet owners should be aware of the common symptoms of diabetes in dogs and cats so they can seek prompt diagnosis and treatment for their beloved pets.
Causes and Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets
While any pet can develop diabetes, there are certain risk factors that can make a pet more prone to the disease than others. For example, pets that are overweight or obese tend to be at a higher risk, as are those who are older. It is also worth noting that most pets with diabetes end up with Type 1, which means the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels regulated. Type 2 diabetes still occurs, but is far less common in house pets.
There are many signs and symptoms that pet owners should be on the lookout for when it comes to diabetes. And while specific symptoms can vary greatly from one pet to the next, some of the most common signs to watch out for include:
- Sudden increase in thirst/water consumption
- Unexplained change in appetite
- Increased urination
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Unexplained lethargy
If your pet shows any of these symptoms or you have other reason to believe your pet may have diabetes, it is important to have your pet evaluated as soon as possible.
Treatment Options for Your Dog or Cat
The good news is that if your dog or cat is diagnosed with diabetes, there are some treatments and management options that can help your pet continue to lead a healthy and happy life. After diagnosing diabetes through a physical examination, blood testing, and urinalysis, most pets will respond best to daily insulin injections as a form of treatment. These injections provide your pet with the insulin needed to regulate blood sugar levels. Regularly checking your pet's glucose levels will also become part of your daily routine.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Memphis Veterinary Team
If you think your pet may have diabetes or if you'd simply like to find out more about this common disease, you are welcome to contact our Memphis veterinary team. You can easily reach PetVax by giving any of our area offices a call today!