- November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. While this disease can have serious consequences, proper diabetes management can keep diabetic pets in good health.
- Signs of diabetes in pets include increased thirst, increased urination, increased weight gain OR sudden weight loss, weakness or fatigue. Diabetes is usually diagnosed through blood and urine testing.
- While there is no cure, pets with diabetes can be successfully managed through nutrition, exercise, and if necessary, regular insulin medication. With your veterinarian’s guidance, a diabetic pet can enjoy a happy, active life.
- Risk factors for diabetes in cats include age (older cats), genetics, neutered males, chronic pancreatitis, hyperthyroidism, obesity and physical inactivity. Ask your veterinarian for more information.