Cats and dogs are susceptible to many chronic conditions and illnesses including diabetes. If left untreated, pet diabetes can lead to serious medical complications and even death. At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, we have treated pet diabetes for many years. We're here to help our Honolulu HI community members get the help they need to treat this chronic illness.
What is Pet Diabetes?
Like humans, pets such as cats and dogs can also develop diabetes later on in life. This is a condition in which the sugar in the body, known as glucose, cannot be properly absorbed by the body. This is due to a lack of insulin in the body, which is the chemical in the body that is used to properly process sugar.
Due to this insulin resistance, a high amount of sugar builds up in the bloodstream. This leads to dangerously high glucose levels known as hyperglycemia.
Signs and symptoms of pet diabetes include:
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme weight loss along with increased appetite
- Clouded eyes, mostly in dogs
- Increased frequency of urination
- Chronic infections
Does My Pet Need Diabetes Treatment?
If you notice any of the above symptoms in your pet, or if your pet was diagnosed with diabetes through bloodwork, it's important to get veterinary care right away. Our veterinarian will recommend daily insulin injections to help your pet reduce the amount of glucose in your pet’s bloodstream. These insulin injections are given through a tiny needle under the skin and are generally tolerated well by pets. Our vet will teach you the proper way to administer insulin injections.
In addition, your veterinarian might recommend your pet make changes in their lifestyle, such as incorporating a daily exercise routine, a high-protein or high-fiber diet. Both cats and dogs will need to change their lifestyles, so your vet will help you come up with a plan to treat their pet diabetes.
Pet Diabetes Treatment in Honolulu, HI
Pet diabetes is a chronic condition that will need to be closely monitored by a veterinarian to prevent emergencies such as hypoglycemia. At Animal Clinic of Honolulu, we're here to help you navigate through pet diabetes and get your cat or dog the care they need to battle this chronic illness. Call us today at(808) 734-0255 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.