Diabetes is one of the fastest-growing diseases in the world in humans. But do you know that pets can also get diabetes? Look closer for the warning signs in your pets because the research by Animal Friends Pet Insurance suggests that pets are at high risk. The data between 2015 and 2017 suggests that cats are at high risk of diabetes with 309% increase since 2015. Whereas the risk in a dog is increased by 275% by 2017.
Can pets get diabetes?
Diabetes is not one particular disease. Instead, it is a condition that lasts for whole life-affecting blood sugar. The patient’s blood sugar becomes too high that it is sometimes unmanageable without medicines. But the risk of diabetes is not just for humans. Pets are also at greater risk and obesity is the real culprit behind it. It is more common in older or pregnant pets. Diabetes in pets is more manageable if it at an early diagnosis by proper monitoring diet and exercises
Obese pets are the easiest targets for diabetes. Obesity is when pets possess much higher than a healthy weight. A study from The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) reported in 2015 that 80% of the vets assume pets to become more obese by 2020. This same report also says that only in UK a quarter of a million dogs are obese because the dog-owners do not take them out for a walk.
To avoid this, the PDSA suggests giving moderate portion sizes to the pets. For best, combine it with daily walk or exercise to maintain a healthy weight in pets. It would not only reduce the risk of diabetes in pets but also make them lean.
The most common dog breeds to have diabetes are West Highland terrier, labrador, King Charles spaniel, husky and miniature schnauzer. In cats, breeds such as British shorthair, Siamese, domestic longhair and Maine coon cats may be diagnosed with diabetes. Some of the non-pedigree cats are also a victim of diabetes.
Warning signs of diabetes in pets
The most common signs of animal diabetes in your pets are;
- Increased thirst or dehydration
- Frequent urinating
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Increase in appetite
- Recurring of UTIs
- Cataract development in eyes
- Lethargic routine
- Drowsiness and sleeping
- Vomiting and diarrhea
Look for these signs in your pet, and consult a vet as soon as possible. After diagnosis, it is necessary to keep a track of what do you feed them and how much active they are. Also, make sure of their urinating habits and never let them overeat.
To maintain the healthy blood glucose levels the pet may require insulin injections. However, it is not recommended to start giving them insulin on your own. Only a certified vet can prescribe insulin, in a suitable dose.
Still, if your pet seems unwell, keep a regular check on their glucose levels throughout the day and night. Then talk to the vet and adjust the insulin dosage accordingly.