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How to Recognize Diabetes in Your Pet

Did you know that our pets can suffer from many of the same diseases that humans get? It’s true. In order to care for our pets, we need to be aware of these diseases and spot them early enough for effective treatment. The first part of that equation is just knowing about what diseases are out there and what they look like if they are developing in your pet.

One of these diseases is diabetes. It’s more common than you might think, so it’s important to watch for these signs. Since it’s Pet Diabetes Month, there’s no better time to get educated.

Looking Tired or Weak

Most pets are fairly active. They love to run around the house or the yard, and dogs usually can’t wait to go out whenever you pick up the leash. One of the first signs that your pet might have developed diabetes is that your pet has started acting tired and weak.

This can come from muscles being damaged by the disease, leading to the animal simply finding it too tiring too move around, but the disease can also just create a sense of lethargy that is hard for your pet to overcome.

Signs of Dehydration

You know your pet better than anyone, so you’re probably familiar with how much your cat or dog usually drinks. If you see a huge deviation from this (such as drinking much more than usual), then this is a sign of trouble. If your pet seems to be frequently dehydrated, there is probably a medical reason for it, and diabetes is one of these.

Another related symptom of diabetes is your pet have to urinate much more often than normal. This could include wanting to go outside a lot to do his business, but it could also include having accidents inside the house when this isn’t normal.

Food Problems

Just like drinking a lot more (and having to urinate a lot more at the same time) can be connected symptoms, your pet’s eating habits can also be a strong warning sign. Another symptom of the disease is your pet seeming to be starving all the time and eating much more food than usual.

Even when your pet seems to devour everything in his path, diabetes can cause him to lose weight at the same time. These contradictions should stand out to you. Watch out for your pet needing to eat a lot more but losing weight – it could be a serious problem.

Dry, Thinning Hair

Diabetes can affect a lot of seemingly-unrelated areas of the body at the same time. Your pet’s hair might not seem to have anything to do with the other areas of the body that the disease is damaging, but it is connected just the same.

If you see the hair along your pet’s back (or anywhere else on the body) getting thin, dry and dull, this is another sign that something is out of balance in the animal’s body. Your vet will be able to tell you if diabetes or something else is to blame.

See Your Vet Quickly

Diabetes can be treated for most pets if it is caught quickly enough. You may not be able to cure your pet of the disease, but you can still make sure that she lives as comfortable and as happy a life as possible. If you see any of the signs listed here, or if your pet is acting strange or sick in any other way, don’t wait to see your vet. Make an appointment today in order to catch these problems before they progress further.


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