November Is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

Know the symptoms of diabetes in pets

Diabetes in pets is more common than you might think: it’s estimated that approximately 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the U.S. will develop the disease. While diabetes can occur at any age, it’s of particular concern for senior pets—those over 7. Symptoms of diabetes can include:

  • Lethargy
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Cloudy eyes, especially in dogs
  • Poor skin condition

Females are twice as likely as males to become diabetic, and there are some dog breeds that are at higher risk as well—they include Samoyeds, miniature schnauzers, miniature poodles, and pugs.

While there’s no known cure for diabetes, your pet can lead a happy, healthy life with insulin injections, diet modification and careful blood monitoring. However, this disease remains a serious, life-threatening condition.

That’s why it’s so important to have a blood test to screen your pet for diabetes when you bring him or her in for an exam. If your pet is experiencing any of the above symptoms or you have further questions about this condition, please call us at [HOSPITAL PHONE].