This month of November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a dangerous disease that affects both pets and people. And it’s crucial for you to bring your furry companion to the vet every year for panels and screenings. However, it’s also good for you to know some of the signs to look for. A local vet talks about some of the more common signs of diabetes.
Diabetic pets are almost thirsty. You may notice Fido or Fluffy drinking out of the toilet bowl or draining their water bowl quickly. (And while diabetic cats may try to stick their noses into your water glass, perfectly healthy kitties do this as well so that isn’t really much to go on in and of itself.)
As might be expected, frequent urination tends to go hand-in-hand with increased water intake. Fluffy may not make it to her litterbox, while your dog may have accidents in the house.
Does your four-legged pal wolf down their food as soon as you feed them, and then act like they are starving? When Fluffy reaches the bottom of her food bowl, does she have a meltdown? Diabetes could be to blame.
Pets with diabetes often lose weight, even if they eat enough to account for a whole other pet. It’s a good idea to weigh your furry buddy often so you can monitor their body weight.
Your pet’s pretty fur may also start to show signs of diabetes. Your four-legged buddy may look dull, dry, or greasy. Fluffy may also stop grooming herself, which will make her fur look even more unkempt.
We well know that some of our patients are just natural-born couch potatoes. But if your pet seems to be sleeping more than usual, talk to your veterinarian.
Infections that don’t heal properly are another marker to look for. This includes skin problems, UTIs, and others.
This one is unique since, unlike the other things on this list, it only applies to dogs. However, it is something to watch for with Fido.
If you notice any of these warning signs, or see any other unusual behavior, get in touch with your vet right away. The sooner an issue is caught and treated, the better!
Do you know or suspect that your pet may have diabetes? Call us today! We are dedicated to offering great care!