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Pet health issues to be aware of- Diabetes

Common misconceptions

Admit it, when you think of diabetes your mind automatically jumps to humans. Humans are prone to diabetes for reasons such as obesity or the pancreas not functioning properly. However, humans are not the only ones who are capable of getting diabetes. Your pets are capable of developing diabetes as well.

When it comes to pets and diabetes, owners tend to have the same reaction. Questions like “what did I do wrong?” or “how could he have diabetes if he is not overweight?” All are questions we ask ourselves, but the truth is, it was more than likely not your fault.

Signs of diabetes in your pet

The signs of diabetes in pets are a little bit different than in humans and across different breeds and species. Dogs and cats will start to become lethargic, drink a lot of water, frequent urination, lose weight quickly, and so on. If you see your pet start to do this, take them to the vet as soon as possible. Catching diabetes in the early stages can help with treating the disease at later dates. If these symptoms are left unnoticed (and yes it does happen), then there is a chance your pet will develop ketoacidosis.

In simple terms, ketoacidosis is when the blood starts to become a little bit more acidic because there is the presence of too much sugar in the body. In terms of diabetes in pets, the sugar cannot be properly processed because the pancreas is not producing enough insulin. If the blood stays acidic over an extended period of time, then you may have to rush your pet to the emergency vet.

There is a whole medical side to pets and diabetes, and getting information from your vet is the best way to learn more about pets and diabetes or to receive treatment from your vet. There is a hidden emotional side to diabetes, however. One that your vet can only do so much to help with.


When your pet becomes diagnosed with diabetes, and you have already received all the materials needed for insulin therapy, there comes some side effects. If you pet is used to getting treats or table food all the time, they may have a hard time adjusting to their new diet. This becomes stressful for the owner because the pet does not quite understand that they are sick and by eating all this human food or treats will cause their pet diabetes to act up.

There will also be days where your pet is not feeling the best. They will lye around the house, and even show little to no interest in their favorite things. This is a scary thing for those of us with a diabetic pet. It is important to remember, however, that like any other disease, diabetes comes with bad days. As long as this behavior does not continue, your pet just needs a day to relax.

Pet diabetes can become difficult, but working with your vet is the best way to keep everything simple. Your pet will thank you by becoming their old selves again, and your efforts to help them feel better are so rewarding. As long as you follow any instructions from your vet, and continue to love your pet, pet diabetes is something that can be properly managed.

We All Love Pets- Things To Think About

Pet expenses

Pets can be very expensive for their owners. Many first time dog or cat owners do not understand how big of an investment their new family member can be. As a living, breathing organism, pets require some of the same things that human beings do, like food and water, but also also require pet specific expenses. Taking your dog or cat to the vet regularly can add a significant amount of cost, especially if they have a history of illnesses or medical problems. Some owners may have to groom their dog or cat frequently due to the nature of their hair, fur, or skin. For most pet owners, neutering or spading your dog or cat is optimal because it prevents accidents from adding unwanted puppies and kittens. These procedures can cost up to $200 per pet, and are commonly forgotten when owning a young or once feral animal for the first time. Younger pets are also required to get the core vaccines, which includes a rabies shot. These vaccines, although not very expensive, are a $20 cost that also must be included.

The type and size of your animal can also determine how often and how much you need to feed it. Larger dogs with bigger appetites will be more costly to feed and maintain when compared to a smaller, less active cat. Although there are many kinds of foods, most pet owners prefer to feed their animals high quality foods in order to keep them living longer. This extra quality usually comes with an extra cost.

Bigger dogs and cats also require bigger cages for them to stay in while the owner is away from home. Theses cages and shelters can range anywhere from $15 to $1000, and it is advisable to choose a product that is made of a suitable material and is big enough to comfortably hold a dog or a cat. Some pets may like their cage and will abstain from damaging it; others may gnaw on or break it. The expenses from these damages will involve buying another cage or getting a current one repaired.

Training your pet

Most first time dog owners get puppies, which usually infers that they are going to pay for some level of etiquette training or home preparation. Some pet stores have training school included with the purchase of a more expensive breed, but most owners pay extra for schooling. Dogs can be very stubborn, which translates to longer training hours. Some training schools charge a lot of money by the hour, especially if a dog is consistently misbehaving or ignoring commands.


Most people take vacations at least once a year – these vacations usually don’t involve their pets, so pet-owners must organize temporary living arrangements for their animals. It is common to drop a dog off in a kennel, where it is taken care of for a price over time. Cats can be a little easier, but may still need supervision. Although kennels are expensive, they make sure that your dog or cat is safe and fed well. Hiring a cat or a dog sitter, although cheaper, can result in unwanted results due to incompetence.