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Diabetes and Your Pet: What You Should Know

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Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. It is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. It is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes is somewhat common in pets, occurring in one in 500 dogs and cats.

Diabetes is a disorder in which the body produces little or no insulin, or cannot use the insulin it does produce properly. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar.

Diabetes will cause dogs and cats to start drinking and urinating excessively, and lose weight even though they tend to have an increased appetite. Dogs go into seizures if their blood sugar drops too low and cats act as if they're drunk. Other less common signs include the sudden onset of blindness in dogs and lameness in cats.

When diagnosed in time, diabetes is extremely treatable with daily insulin injections. Injections must be given by the Pet Parent and cost an average of about $10.00 per month. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to coma and death.

Diabetic pets should get regular exercise because vigorous activity affects insulin requirements. In addition, diabetic pets should have a strict diet to help control their weight as diabetes is harder to control in overweight pets.
<!---In warmer weather, you will need to make some adjustments for your dogs. Here are some points to keep in mind:


  • Most dogs will begin to lose their undercoats. The undercoat is the woolly fur that keeps the dog warm in the winter. If this coat is not brushed out, it becomes entangled in the top coat and matted. It is important to purchase a shedding blade and groom your dog more often until all of the undercoat is out, or make regular grooming appointments and let our grooming professionals do it for you. A shave-down might be appropriate, however, don't assume that all long-coated or thick-coated dogs should be shaved for summer. Long, thick coats can help provide insulation in both cold and hot weather. Removal of the natural insulation could stress a dog.


  • Dogs should not be left in a car this time of year for any length of time.

  • You should try to schedule your daily walk with your dog in the early morning or in the evening. If evening walks are a better option, try leashes with built-in flashlights.

  • Even though a dog's pads are tough, they can be burned on hot pavement or asphalt. If you must take your pet for a walk during the day, try doggie booties.

  • If your dog enjoys the water, consider filling a kiddy pool and placing it in the yard.

  • Dogs that lack dark pigmentation around their eyes, nose and ears, and dogs that are light in color can suffer from sunburn. Sunscreen should be applied to these sun-sensitive areas.

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