Just like people, your dog or cat can develop diabetes. Pet diabetes is most often found in pets that are middle-aged or elderly. Having our veterinarian at Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte, test your pet for diabetes is easy. It is simply a matter of testing a urine sample and running a blood test to see how much glucose is in your pet's blood. Let's take a deeper look at pet diabetes.
The Symptoms of Pet Diabetes
An official diagnosis of pet diabetes can't be made without proper testing, but there are signs to watch for. Your pet may want to eat and drink more and will have to urinate more frequently. Despite the constant eating, they will lose weight, and they will sleep more than normal. You may notice cloudiness in the eyes of your dog and your cat's coat will look unkempt as if he's stopped grooming. While none of these are definite indicators that it is diabetes your pet is experiencing, they are signs that you need to make an appointment to have your pet tested as soon as possible, especially if your pet is in the susceptible age range.
Dogs with diabetes have a chance of developing cataracts. This is when a film covers your dog's eyes and the dog’s vision becomes cloudy then he becomes blind. The lens of the eye can be removed surgically to help restore sight, just as with humans, but his sight will never be exactly the same. Cataracts can affect one or both eyes. Controlling glucose levels can help slow the process of developing cataracts.
Cats can develop Peripheral neuropathy. This is a disorder of the nerves that normally affects the hind legs. Your cat may start to lose its balance and ability to jump. He may eventually start walking with his entire back legs touching the ground. The best treatment for this is to keep your cat's diabetes under control before the neuropathy sets in.
Pet Diabetes Treatment in Charlotte
Quail Hollow Veterinary Hospital in Charlotte understands how important it is to get your pet’s diabetes under control. The early weeks after the diagnosis may be frustrating, as the proper dose of insulin needs to be worked out. Once that happens, your pet can live a full, happy life with daily treatment at home. If your cat or dog is showing any symptoms of pet diabetes, have our veterinarian test him now by scheduling an appointment with us at (704) 278-8000.