Did you know that 1 in every 200 cats may be affected by diabetes?
November is National Diabetes Month, and while this month was originally designed to increase awareness of this common disease in humans, we need to be aware that dogs and cats are facing this disease as well, and, if untreated, can be fatal.
Clinical signs of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Inappropriate urination
- Weight loss (most commonly over the back), despite an overweight body condition
- Increased hunger
- Increased “whiteness” of the lens of the eye due to cataracts
- Poor skin condition (like excessive dandruff or an oily hair coat)
If you notice any of these signs (e.g., excessive thirst, excessive urination), please bring your pet in to see one of our doctors as soon as possible. With diabetes, the sooner it is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. Also, there’s less of a likelihood of an expensive emergency visit for treatment of diabetic complications.