Because November is National Pet Diabetes Month, Dr. Anna Coffin wants to bring awareness to a problem that is on the increase. Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering free pet diabetes screening for any pet showing signs of diabetes during the month of November.
Diabetes mellitus is caused by the failure of the pancreas to regulate the body’s blood sugar. The clinical signs seen with diabetes are related to the elevated blood sugar in the body and its inability to use that sugar for energy.
Signs of pet diabetes:
- Excessive drinking
- Excessive urination
- Weight loss
- Increase appetite
- Lack of energy
- Vision problems
According to statistics from pet insurance companies, pet diabetes is on the raise. Dr. Anna Coffin believes this is due to our pet obesity epidemic that is occurring all over the world. However, just as in humans, genetics can play a role in your pet’s risk for diabetes.
Breeds at risk for pet diabetes:
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Carin Terrier
- Miniature Pinscher
- Burmese cats (in the U.K.)
Diagnosis of diabetes is confirmed by persistent high blood sugar and presence of sugar in your pet’s urine.
Treatment of diabetes in pets involves daily injections of insulin and dietary changes to help regulate your pet’s blood sugar. Regular testing by your veterinarian is important to make sure that your pet’s blood sugar is under control.
Animals with diabetes are also prone to secondary infections, especially if the diabetes is not under control. Urinary tract infections are the most common infection seen in pets with diabetes. These secondary infections make it difficult to regulate your pet’s blood sugar.
Since early diagnosis is important in pet diabetes, Dr. Anna Coffin and the staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital are offering free blood sugar testing for any pet showing signs of diabetes during the month of November.