8 Signs of Diabetes in Pets

by VetDepot on April 18, 2014

diabetes blogDiabetes is not just a human health condition, it’s becoming increasingly prevalent in pets. Canine and feline diabetes awareness is important so that owners can spot symptoms early on and treatment can begin. Below are eight signs that a pet is suffering from diabetes:

  1. Increased thirst: If your pet is gulping down more water than usual, this might be an early sign of the disease.
  2. Frequent urination: If your pet is urinating more often or starting to have accidents around the house, it’s time to consult with a veterinarian.
  3. Increased appetite: If your pet is especially ravenous despite eating regularly, this could be a sign of diabetes known as polyphagia.
  4. Weight loss: Despite being especially hungry, pets suffering from diabetes often experience sudden weight loss.
  5. Weakness: Diabetes can lead to muscle wasting in dog and cats. If you notice your pet always seems tired, is losing muscle tone, or is less active than usual, consult with a veterinarian.
  6. Coat changes: Thinning or dull hair can be a sign of many different medical conditions including diabetes. Changes in coat quality definitely warrant a trip to the vet’s office.
  7. Cloudy eyes: Cataracts are a common complication associated with diabetes.
  8. Depression: An advanced symptom of diabetes is depression, caused by a toxic amount of ketones in the body.

If your pet experiences any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your veterinarian. The symptoms listed are certainly not unique to diabetes, so a diagnosis must be made by a trained professional. Treatment for diabetes in pets can involve medication, a high fiber diet, and insulin injections.

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Marian April 23, 2014 at 9:04 am

Treatment for diabetic pets should involve, first of all, a very low-carb diet.

We have a cat (Lucy), now 12, but 10 years old when we got her and were told she was diabetic and would need feline insulin for the rest of her life. Not incidentally, we got Lucy free from our local SPCA because because nobody else wanted to deal with her — or buy the expensive feline insulin we were told we would always need.

Not so! Not at all. We bought a glucometer (the human kind, from a drug store) and began checking her glucose levels twice a day, following the blood sugar chart developed as part of the tight regulation protocol by cat vet Elizabeth Hodgkins. Initially we did have to give Lucy insulin as needed. But the day we took her home we put her on a very low-carb diet (as per the protocol.

Use absolutely NO dry food (even if it’s grain-free) and check the labels of the regular grocery store canned food you use instead: buy foods with no starch, no wheat (nothing “in gravy”), no rice. Within less than three weeks our “forever diabetic” cat was back to normal and has been ever since (more than two years) — even though she also has pancreatitis. That we treat daily, and successfully, with digestive enzymes (Bio Case V).

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skyeyes May 6, 2014 at 6:34 am

I thank you for your loving, kind heart in adopting an animal that could have been a BIG problem. Instead you approached it with an open mind and heart and did what was needed and now that cat is going to be able to enjoy her life and you are going to reap the rewards of her company, of knowing you saved her and knowing she is in the best part of her life now. thank you so much and thanks to VetDepot for the products to help these type animals-making it easier for people to obtain them. !

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