Pet Diabetes Month
If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions. Sugar and Spike are here to help you.
Pet Diabetes is on the Rise
Did you know? An estimated 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 200 cats has diabetes.1-3 Risk factors include age, breed, certain diseases and treatments, genetics and obesity.1-4
Look out for these signs
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Altered appetite (usually good)
- Seems depressed or tired
- Cloudy eyes (dogs)
- Weak back legs (cats)
If your dog or cat is showing any of these signs this could mean that your pet has diabetes
With proper care diabetic pets can continue to live a happy, healthy, and active life. The more you know about diabetes, the better you’ll be able to work with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet’s health. Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.
Pet Diabetes Month celebrates amazing diabetic pets and all of you that care for them. Hear from other pet owners about their experiences caring for pets after a diabetes diagnosis, and how managing their diabetic pet was not as difficult as they thought.
With awareness and daily care, pets with diabetes can live healthy and happy lives. Share your diabetic pet’s story and how you are successfully managing your pet’s diabetes … give hope and encouragement to pet owners like you. Share and spread awareness through Social Media with #PetDiabetesAware.
Sharing your story brings to life that diabetes management can become a regular part of pets’/pet owners’ lives – with very little impact on daily activities. Your story could also help other pet owners make diabetes management decisions for a newly diagnosed pet. Thank you for sharing your story!
References 1. Sparkes AH, Cannon M, Church D et al. J Feline Med Surg. 2015;17:235-250. 2. O’Neill DG, Gostelow R, Orme C et al. J Vet Intern Med. 2016;30:964-972. 3. Mattin M, O’Neill D, Church D et al. Vet Rec. 2014;174:319. 4. Behrend E, Holford A, Lathan P et al. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2018;54:1-21.