Dogs and cats, like humans, can get diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the body can’t use glucose normally. Glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone made in the pancreas called insulin. If the pancreas does not make enough insulin or is unable to utilize insulin correctly, glucose builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia) and spills over into the urine (glucosuria) drawing water with it.
There are several signs of diabetes in pets including increased drinking and urinating, decreased appetite, and chronic skin infections or UTIs.
Diabetes is diagnosed by a veterinarian via blood and urine tests. It is normally treated with insulin injections given daily at home. At Brentwood Veterinary Clinic we carry several types of insulin and take the time to go over how injections are given with our clients. We also carry prescription diets for pets with diabetes.
Click the link for more information on Pet Diabetes http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/
Dr. Kelsey Gapstur
Brentwood Veterinary Clinic