Diabetes

~~Did you know that pets can get diabetes too?

November is National Pet Diabetes Month. This is a condition which can affect both cats and dogs, and is often left untreated because it goes undetected. Situations like this reinforce the value of the yearly exam for your pet. We will be able to catch things like this sooner and begin treatment sooner.

Knowing the signs of diabetes is the first step in protecting your animal’s health. If any of these statements describes your pet, speak with your veterinarian about the possibility of diabetes:

Cat:

Drinks more water than usual (polydipsia)
Urinates more frequently, produces more urine per day, or has “accidents” outside the litter box (polyuria)
Always acts hungry (polyphagia), but maintains or loses weight
Is less active or sleeps more (lethargic)
Has thinning, dry, and dull hair

Dog:

Drinks more water than usual (polydipsia)
Urinates more frequently, produces more urine per day, or has “accidents” in the house (polyuria)
Always acts hungry (polyphagia), but maintains or loses weight Has cloudy eyes
Here is a good website that talks about diabetes in your pet: http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/

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