It's #WorldDiabetesDay ! #PetDiabetes is common, so learn how to help prevent your pet from developing diabetes, what symptoms to watch for, how we treat diabetes in pets…and meet diabetic Suki from Annex Cat Rescue!
Diabetes is a disease of the pancreas (which produces insulin) and results in the body losing its ability to control blood sugar levels and properly produce energy.
Risk factors can vary between cats and dogs, but include obesity, lack of activity, breed, chronic pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) and concurrent diseases like Cushing’s. Certain medications like steroids can also increase the risk of diabetes, especially in cats.
Common early signs that a pet may have diabetes include unexpected weight loss, increased drinking and urination and often an increased appetite.
Treatment for both dogs and cats typically requires twice daily insulin therapy, and specially designed therapeutic diets can also help to manage diabetes. Once their blood sugar is under control, most diabetic pets can live happy healthy lives, and many eventually don’t even mind their injections too much!
If your pet doesn’t have diabetes, you can help prevent it by keeping them active and at a healthy weight. If your pet does develop diabetes, your greatest chance of catching it early (when it is most treatable) is by making sure they see a vet regularly for health check up exams and wellness testing of their blood and urine, which will identify early changes that are markers of diabetes.
Our feature patient is 13 year old Suki from Annex Cat Rescue. Suki was diagnosed with diabetes about a year ago, and switched to a diabetic diet and started getting insulin twice a day. She went into remission and was managed just on her diabetic diet for several months. Like many diabetics it is a lifelong condition though, and when she had an unrelated cardiac emergency last month, it was discovered that she was also diabetic again. Suki is now balancing diabetes and heart failure, and is on three heart medications in addition to her twice daily blood sugar testing and insulin. Her medical needs seemed overwhelming at first, but now Suki and her foster mom have a good routine!
Hoje minha rua já amanheceu branca, todas as árvores estão secas, a beleza das cores de outono já foram embora! Por isso amo a fotografia! Ela congela os momentos que vivemos! Ok a pose não é a mais bonita, mas o que realmente importa é a alegria que estávamos vivendo na hora da foto!
Today my street has already dawned white, all the trees are dry, the beautiful autumn colors are gone! That's why I love photography! It freezes the moments we live! Ok the pose is not the most beautiful, but what really matters is the joy that we were living at the time of the photo!