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[Paws & Awws] Help! My Pet has been Diagnosed with Diabetes

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Diabetes is becoming increasingly more common in our pets as compared to past generations. Overfeeding and lack of exercise is now affecting our pet's healthy well-being just as it does us humans, with 1 in every 400 cats or dogs being diagnosed every year with Diabetes.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is caused when the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin to help convert glucose (sugar) in the blood to energy, causing Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). If left untreated, our pets can suffer from neuropathy (weakness in the legs), malnutrition, ketoacidosis, dehydration, and death. Dogs can also suffer from cataracts.

What Are the Symptoms?

Preventing Diabetes

Proper Diet

Cat's and dog's diets are extremely different, but both should consist of balanced nutrition. Sadly, many commercial foods are not the best quality and contain lots of fillers and other unhealthy ingredients that can contribute negatively to our pets well-being.

Obesity can be a factor

Sadly, many people battle the belly bulge everyday. Our own poor eating-habits, tend to carry over to our family pets and regulating how much you feed your cat or dog is a must. You can do this by:

Exercise

We already know how important exercise is for us, but what about our pets? Exercising your dog (depending on the breed, some require more then others) and cat is just as important for their health as it is for our own.

With a cat, we have to get a little creative, but don't worry, you can exercise your furry feline. Here are some tips on how to get your kitty active:

Genetics can play a role

Your pets gene pool can determine if their chances of getting diabetes are higher then other animals. Certain breeds of dogs have a higher chance of getting diabetes then others, and females are more likely to get the disease then males. Here is a list of those breeds:

My Pet is Diabetic, Now What?

Don't panic. This isn't the end for your beloved pet. Diabetes is very treatable and pets can live a healthy life with their diabetes. In some cases, many pets recover from being diabetic. Let's take a look at what pet-parents can do to help our pet manage this disease.

Insulin Shots

Dia-IonX

What to feed

Exercise is Still Important

An exercise regimen is still important, so providing your diabetic pet with a consistent schedule is necessary. Exercise helps move glucose from the blood stream into the muscles helping to regulate the blood sugar levels. A daily walk with your dog or playing with your cat is important.

Diabetes is a serious disease and should not be taken lightly. If you suspect your pet is showing symptoms of diabetes, please visit your vet immediately. If your pet has diabetes, there are treatments, but sadly no cure. If you choose to not seek treatment, your furry friend is in danger of dying from this terrible disease.

Many pets live a very healthy life with diabetes as long as their pet-parents provide them with the proper treatment, diet, and exercise program. I hope these tips help you prevent your pet from getting diabetes, and give you the knowledge and information you need to help treat your pet if they have diabetes.

Resources:

eHow - Prevent Diabetes Animals

Every Day Health - Ten Cat Exercises

Wiki - Diabetes in Cats

Wiki - Diabetes in Dogs


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