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Diabetes – not just for people
Rates of diabetes among humans are rising, especially since the rates of obesity continue to skyrocket. However, our pets are suffering from the illness as well, and it is only partially because they too are becoming obese. In diabetes, sugar cannot enter the cells, and so the cells use other sources of energy, consuming fat and muscle proteins instead. Diabetes can affect cats and dogs, though male cats and female dogs are more likely to get it. Miniature poodles and dachshunds are also predisposed, while any overweight pets also have a higher risk.
Diabetic pets may spend more time at their Durapet Dish & Bowls than normal, because they urinate excessively and thus have excessive thirst. They might also have unkempt coats and act lethargic. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, dehydration, depression, loss of muscle mass, weight loss, cataracts and weakness in the back legs.
If you suspect your feline or pooch is suffering from this condition, bring it to the veterinarian for blood and urine tests. Once the vet has determined that the animal does in fact have diabetes, he or she will work with you to determine the best care plan.
Just as in the human condition, there are two types of diabetes in pets, type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, pets will need insulin injections like Humulin N Insulin using U-100 Syringes. Type 2 diabetes is treated with diet, weight loss and oral pet drugs.
For type 1 diabetes in cats, your vet may recommend pet products like ProZinc Cat Insulin with U-40 Syringes. You will be responsible for injecting the feline with the insulin, but once the vet teaches you it should be relatively straightforward. If your cat has type 2 diabetes, your vet may prescribe Glipizide, an oral medication, and work with you to determine how the cat's diet and physical activity habits should be changed. Feeding a dog or cat a high-protein, high-fiber pet food like Candidae Platinum Seniors & Overweight Dog Dry Food or Artemis Fresh Mix Weight Management and Senior Cat Food may benefit the feline because this type of diet lowers blood sugar concentrations by 15 to 20 percent. When the blood sugar is lowered, less
insulin is needed. This can also help a pet lose weight.
Exercise is an important part of diabetes treatment as well. Daily walks for dogs and play sessions for cats will help them lose weight.