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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