Just like people, pets can also develop diabetes. However, with appropriate treatment, pets with diabetes can live long, happy, and active lives. Our veterinarians can help you understand how diabetes affects your pet and provide the necessary treatment to manage it. At Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital in Surrey, British Columbia, we provide the testing and treatment for pet diabetes as part of our animal care.
Understanding Pet Diabetes
Diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas where it fails to produce the proper amount of insulin, which is needed to remove glucose from the bloodstream. While glucose is an important component used for energy in the body, too much of it can lead to problems. As glucose levels build up, it causes damage to blood vessels in various organs in the body. Because the animal’s body is not metabolizing blood sugars properly, the disorder can cause a number of symptoms. Both dogs and cats can develop diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets
Signs of diabetes in pets can be subtle at first but will progressively worsen over time. You may notice your pet drinking water more frequently. This can also lead to more frequent urination and may result in accidents inside the house. As the disorder worsens, your animal may become lethargic, vomit frequently, or seem depressed. Obesity, autoimmune diseases, and certain medications can be factors causing diabetes. Certain breeds are also more prone to developing the disorder than others.
Proper Treatment of Diabetes Helps Pets Live Longer, Happier Lives
Treatment for pet diabetes includes careful monitoring of blood sugar levels and administration of insulin injections to replace what the pancreas is not naturally producing. Although it may sound difficult to give your pet daily injections, our veterinary team will show you how easy it is and how to make the experience comfortable for both you and your pet. Most pet owners learn quite quickly and become comfortable with the process in a short period of time. You will also have to bring your pet in for regular testing to ensure the right amount of medication is being provided and that organs damage is not occurring. Most pets that are diagnosed with diabetes are able to live long and happy lives when their condition is managed properly.
Visit Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital for Pet Diabetes Care
Our veterinarians at Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to providing pets in and around Surrey the care they need to live long and healthy lives. Our animal hospital provides vaccinations, dental care, surgery, diagnostics, orthopedic care, and more. Contact Peace Arch Veterinary Hospital today at 604-536-3131 for an appointment or to learn more about how we can treat pet diabetes.