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World Diabetes Day
18 November 2018
Last Wednesday was World Diabetes Day which was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organisation in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.
In respect to pets, diabetes is a potentially life-threatening illness, but fortunately it is one which we are able to treat successfully in the majority of cases.
Diabetes occurs most commonly in older dogs, and in middle-aged overweight cats. Some dogs and cats develop diabetes when they are younger, because they have a genetic predisposition for the condition.
What are the signs of Diabetes?
- Increased thirst
- Increased frequency and/or volume of urination
- Possible increased appetite
- Possible weight loss
- Possible smelly urine - because of the presence of ketones or infection
- Possible lethargy/tiredness
As with humans, diabetes is best treated with insulin. In most cases, insulin is administered as an injection under the skin twice a day. Although owners are often concerned about giving injections to their pet, most dogs and cats are very amenable to being given injections. If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, we will spend as much time as is necessary to teach you how to give insulin injections and how to look after the insulin and syringes.
Diet and exercise are also very important in helping to keep your pet’s blood sugar more stable and we have a Nutrition Specialist who can help with this.
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