Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Know the Symptoms

Diabetes, a common condition for people, is also a health issue pet owners should be aware of in cats and dogs. Awareness of the symptoms and regular checkups are essential to assess the risk of diabetes and other common diseases in your pet.

What is Pet Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a condition that occurs when the body cannot use glucose (a type of sugar) normally. It is caused by a deficiency of insulin and pets often require lifelong insulin injections.

The Symptoms of Pet Diabetes

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive hunger while losing weight
  • Lethargy
  • Cloudy eyes (dogs)
  • Doesn’t groom (cats)
  • Thinning, dry, and dull hair

 How to Diagnose Pet Diabetes?

Blood testing is one of the only ways to diagnose diabetes in our pets. We encourage and recommend annual blood work to help ensure your pet’s overall health. At Traveling Tails, our wellness screening includes a blood chemistry panel a complete blood cell count (CBC), a heartworm test, an intestinal parasite screen, and urinalysis.

The earlier diabetes is diagnosed in your pet, the sooner they will receive the treatment and management needed to live a healthy life. Like people, if left untreated, diabetes can cause other health problems.

Call 210-495-8245 or email appointments@travelingtails.com to schedule an appointment for your pet’s wellness screening today.