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Dog and Cat Diabetes

Diabetes is an endocrine (glandular) disorder in which animals either do not produce insulin or are unable to respond to its effects. As a result, there is too much sugar in the bloodstream, which can damage the kidneys, eyes, skin, and cardiovascular and nervous systems. Diabetes is one of the most common endocrine disorders in cats and dogs. Although it is treatable, diabetes is a major health concern that ultimately decreases the lifespan of affected animals. The lifespan of overweight dogs is about 15% shorter than leaner dogs, and overweight dogs suffer from a variety of disorders and chronic health problems, such as osteoarthritis. Check List for Diabetes Prevention Diabetes is a sneaky disease. The signs develop slowly and can easily be missed if one were not actively looking for them. This Diabetes Awareness Month (November), owners are encouraged to consider the following tips to help prevent diabetes, rather than trying to treat the condition once it develops.
  • Consider the breed before you adopt.
  • Be familiar with a healthy body weight and strive to maintain that weight throughout your pet’s life.
  • Discuss diet options with your veterinarian to ensure optimal nutrition and facilitate weight loss.
  • Have your pet examined by a veterinarian annually, even if it appears healthy.
  • Critically assess your pet frequently: What and how much is it eating, drinking, defecating and urinating? How is its activity level? Has its behavior or the appearance of its coat changed recently? If yes, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
For additional information on the causes, signs and the most up-to-date guidelines on the prevention and treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats, please contact us at the Animal Hospital of Dauphin County 717.652.1270

Lola has Diabetes Mellitus: The Importance of Wellness Bloodwork and Early Detection

The Importance of Wellness Bloodwork and Early Detection, by Dr. Jennifer Fletcher
Dr. Jennifer Fletcher
We would like to share a story with you about a recent patient that was diagnosed with a serious condition known as Diabetes. Lola is a 10 year old female cat whose owner brought her in for her yearly physical exam and vaccines. Her owner had noticed some weight loss recently but Lola had always been a bigger cat. Other than the weight loss, Lola was acting completely normal at home. Aside from some tartar on her teeth, Lola appeared to be a completely healthy cat on her physical exam. Lola’s owner decided to take advantage of the wellness bloodwork offered here at AHDC, which revealed that Lola has diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which cats become resistant to the insulin that their body makes, resulting in high blood sugar and sugar in their urine. With proper management of diet, insulin injections, weight loss and blood sugar measurements, most cats do quite well with this disease. Some cats may even be able to be taken off insulin all together. All too often though, this disease is found in the pet after it has been present for some time and become very sick from the lack of insulin. In Lola’s case, her diabetes was detected early on her wellness bloodwork. She started her insulin injections yesterday and we will be monitoring her progress very closely. Call us to discuss wellness bloodwork in your pet today!