Pet Diabetes Management at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic
There's no denying that diabetes is an enormous global health concern -- and not only for humans. The rate of diabetes in cats has risen by over 18 percent since 2006, while the rate for dogs has gone up at least 79 percent in the same period of time. Diabetes affects pets in many of the same ways that it affects humans. Fortunately, it can also be treated. Here at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, we provide diabetes diagnosis and treatment for pets in Canton GA and surrounding areas.
How Diabetes Affects Pets
Diabetes is a failure of the body to control the levels of sugar in the blood. Normally the body produces enough of a hormone called insulin to keep blood sugar within a safe range. Sometimes, however, the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin to keep up with demand. This is the equivalent of Type 1 diabetes in humans, and it's the prevalent form of canine diabetes. In other cases, the body develops a resistance to the effects of insulin. This situation, the equivalent of Type 2 diabetes in humans, is frequently seen in cats. Pet diabetes generally occurs later in adulthood for both animals. While there may be no obvious cause, a case of diabetes may relate directly to underlying pancreatic disease or (more commonly) obesity.
Diabetes is a serious disorder with serious consequences for your pet. The elevated blood sugar can cause blindness, weakness, skin problems, nerve damage, blood vessel damage, kidney disease, and heart disease. Your pet may be developing diabetes if you notice symptoms such as:
- Abnormal thirst
- Mysterious weight loss
- Appetite changes
- Fatigue or lethargy
- Cloudy eyes
- Excessive urination
Our Canton GA Veterinarian Can Help
The best way to deal with pet diabetes is to get control over it as early in life as possible. The easiest way to achieve this goal is by scheduling regular wellness exam at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic. Our Canto GA veterinarian administers blood and urine tests that can reveal the presence of diabetes in its earliest stages. The sooner we can start treating diabetes, the less damage it is likely to do to your pet. Treatment options usually involve insulin or some other medication to help regulate blood sugar levels. We may also recommend a special diet and exercise program to help your pet lose weight and avoid sudden spikes in blood sugar.
Contact Us to Schedule an Evaluation!
Don't let diabetes destroy your Canton pet's health. Take the simple step of calling Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic at (770) 479-1905 to schedule a general wellness exam or diabetes evaluation!