About 1% of dogs develop diabetes by the age of twelve. Between 0.2% and 1% of cats will develop diabetes in their lifetime. When your dog or cat has stopped producing insulin, diabetes results. It may also result from abnormal levels of insulin or an abnormal response to insulin. If you suspect diabetes in your pet, contact an animal hospital immediately. At Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte, we have been providing local pet owners with reliable pet care services including diabetes treatment for many years.
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes
Immediate care is important if you notice any of the following signs of diabetes. They include:
- Frequent urination: Your pet may want to go outside more often than usual, or may begin to urinate in the home. Cats may begin urinating outside of the litter box.
- Drinking more water: You may begin to notice that you are starting to fill up your pet’s water bowl more often or that your pet is drinking from unusual places such as the toilet.
- Increased hunger: Your pet may appear constantly hungry and always beg for more food.
- Weight loss: Pets with diabetes may lose weight quickly.
- Cloudy eyes: Dogs may develop cloudy eyes due to diabetes.
- Deteriorated coat: Your cat may stop self-grooming, leading to his or her coat becoming dull and dry.
Diagnosis & Treatment
If you notice any of the above signs in your cat or dog, they should be checked out by a veterinarian as soon as possible. You may even decide to bring your pet to the nearest animal hospital. Our veterinarian may test your pet’s blood and urine for high glucose levels. Their general health status will also be examined to rule out any other infections or diseases. Once our veterinarian has determined whether or not your pet is suffering from diabetes, we will develop a diabetes management plan tailored to your pet’s needs.
Treatment for diabetes in pets consists of insulin if needed. Daily insulin injections can usually control blood glucose levels. If any other problems are present, our veterinarian will determine the best treatment option. You should make sure that their dose is administered at the same time each day once the correct dose has been determined.
Contact Our Charlotte Animal Hospital for Pet Diabetes Treatment
For more information on our pet care services including diabetes treatment or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call Quail hollow Veterinary Hospital today at (704) 278-8000.