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Symptoms of Pet Diabetes

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There are a number of symptoms of pet diabetes, but a few are much more common and easy to notice. As with any pet illness, you'll need to pay attention to your pet's behavior and note if it's acting strangely. Abnormal pet behavior is usually a sign of some sort of problem.

Symptoms of Pet Diabetes

Excessive Hunger Also called polyphagia, excessive hunger is a well known sign of diabetes. You may notice your pet eating more than usual, and somehow looking as though it's losing weight. Other pets may eat less than normal, usually simply because they don't feel well.

Excessive Thirst Called polydipsia, you may notice your pet drinking much more water than normal. Your diabetic pet loses more water because of the diabetes, and therefore needs to drink more than it normally would.

Excessive Urination Polyuria is another common sign of diabetes. Your pet's body cannot absorb the all glucose in its body so it flushes it out with water. This leads your pet to drink more water and urinate more often.

Other Symptoms of Pet Diabetes There are many other symptoms of diabetes to look for in your pet. You may notice your pet is moving more slowly than usual. This could be due to fatigue or lethargy, or to damaged nerves or weakened muscles. Your pet may become less resistant to illness and may seem depressed. Vomiting is common, as are liver and kidney problems and cataracts.

A Trip to the Vet

If you notice any of the above symptoms, you'll want to take your pet to the veterinarian immediately. Any abnormal behavior or change in habits should be monitored closely in your pet, as behavioral changes are usually the first signs of an illness or disease. Check your pet regularly. Look for bald patches, changes in fur texture or appearance, behavioral changes such as inappropriate urination or anxiety, an increase or decrease in eating, a lack of enthusiasm or a decrease in physical activity.

Managing Pet Diabetes

You can manage your pet's diabetes. Your vet will show you everything you'll need to know to properly monitor and manage the disease. You will need to watch more pet more attentively than usual so you don't miss early warning signs of low blood sugar. Just as with humans, your pet may need regular injections of insulin, which your vet will show you how to administer. You'll have to monitor your pet's diet closely, and choose a food that caters to diabetic pets. However, with proper, attentive care, there's no reason your pet won't live a normal, healthy life.

Sources:

http://www.petdiabetes.org/faq.htm

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1328&articleid=199

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/diabetes.html#Symp

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