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.