Pet Diabetes Diagnosis and Management with Our East Los Angeles Veterinary Team
Here in the East Los Angeles, our vet team at Casillas Veterinary Hospital meets many pet parents who aren't aware that diabetes can affect cats and dogs. This chronic health condition can be life threatening, however, with proper treatment pets with diabetes can live long and active lives.
What Is Pet Diabetes?
The type of diabetes that most commonly affects cats and dogs (as well as humans) is known as diabetes mellitus. It's hallmarked by poorly controlled levels of sugar in the blood and is related to an underlying problem with insulin. Insulin is a hormone that normally helps to regulate blood sugar levels by shuttling sugar (glucose) into cells so it can be used for energy.
Cats and dogs with diabetes either don’t have enough insulin, which is normally produced by the pancreas, or their cells cannot use insulin properly. This can happen due to genetic predispositions and/or other issues, such as obesity.
Common Signs of Pet Diabetes
Nobody knows your pets better than you, so if you notice anything "off" with their appearance or behavior, it's important to consult with a vet for further assistance. Early diagnosis of animal diabetes can help improve outcomes by allowing for earlier treatment and reducing the risk of secondary complications, like infections and cataracts. Don't hesitate if you're concerned.
The most common warning signs associated with pet diabetes include:
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive urination
- Excessive hunger
- Weight loss, despite increased appetite
- Dull coat
In severe cases, a pet with diabetes may exhibit signs of extremely low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia. This can be life-threatening and include signs such as lethargy, muscle twitching, loss of appetite, lack of coordination, tremors, unusual behaviors, and sudden collapse.
It's helpful to remember that pet diabetes can often present with symptoms that may indicate other conditions. The only way to know for sure if your animals are affected by diabetes is to get them in to see a vet.
How Our East Los Angeles Veterinarian Team Helps Animals Living with Diabetes
Our East Los Angeles veterinarian team helps animals living with diabetes first by providing a thorough diagnosis. This is done with a combination of blood tests, physical examinations, and medical history intake.
We then educate pet parents about how to help manage their pet's chronic health condition. This may include medications, dietary and lifestyle changes, and more.
Are You Concerned about Your Pet's Health?
If you live near Lynwood, Montebello, or East Los Angeles and believe your animal is suffering from pet diabetes, we encourage you to call our animal hospital at (323) 726-1525.