Diabetes is a serious condition that affects both people and pets. At Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, we are committed to helping pet owners understand the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes in their beloved pet companions. Read on for more information about this important topic.
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets
Diabetes can be tricky to diagnose because the early signs and symptoms can be vague and often mimic those of other conditions. Common signs of diabetes include the following:
- increased thirst
- frequent urination
- weight loss
- appetite changes
- weakness or lethargy
If your pet exhibits any of these signs, schedule an appointment to bring them into our clinic for further evaluation.
Diagnosing Diabetes in Pets
If your pet displays any of the aforementioned symptoms or if you suspect they may have diabetes due to age or breed predispositions, your veterinarian will run a few tests to confirm a diagnosis. These tests will involve checking levels of glucose in the blood and urine. If these results come back positive for diabetes, your vet will discuss with you what treatment options are available for your pet.
Treatment for Diabetes in Pets
Depending on the severity of diabetes, treatment may involve administering insulin injections or adjusting your companion’s diet and exercise routine to help manage their condition without medication. Our team at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic will work with you every step of the way to determine what will be best for your pet’s health and well-being.
Diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires diligent monitoring and management by both you and our team at Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic. However, it can be managed with appropriate treatment. If you notice any signs or symptoms that could indicate diabetes, please bring them into our clinic right away so we can ensure they receive proper care. We look forward to helping keep your beloved pet healthy and happy!
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