Pet Diabetes Treatment
Pet diabetes is most commonly seen in aging pets. However, some pets may develop it at a young age, and it can persist throughout their lives. In certain cases, diabetes may occur during pregnancy and resolve after the pet gives birth. While untreated diabetes can be serious, our veterinarians at Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital, serving Bossier City and the surrounding area, can assist with diabetes management in pets through exercise, diet, and, in some cases, medications.
Diabetes is a condition that occurs when the body is unable to properly utilize glucose, the type of sugar found in the pet's blood. As a result, the pet will have higher-than-average glucose levels. There are two types of diabetes in pets. Type I diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't produce enough of the hormone insulin. Type II diabetes happens when the pet's body doesn't respond normally to the insulin produced by the pancreas. While type I diabetes tends to develop at a younger age, it can occur at any age. Type II diabetes usually occurs in middle-aged to older pets.
Signs of Pet Diabetes
It's important to watch for signs of diabetes in pets so that treatment can be initiated early. Some common signs of diabetes in pets include:
- Losing weight or a decreased appetite
- Excessive drinking of water or increased thirst
- Cloudy eyes
- Recurring infections, such as skin infections
Treatment for Pet Diabetes
Pet diabetes cannot be cured, so it is crucial to work closely with a veterinarian to determine an appropriate diabetes management plan for your pet. Insulin may be prescribed to regulate your pet's blood sugar levels, while some pets may receive oral diabetes medication.
For some pets, diet changes and exercise may be sufficient to regulate sugar levels. However, even in pets requiring insulin or medication, our veterinarian will still recommend incorporating exercise and dietary modifications. These measures can help regulate your pet's blood sugar levels, increase insulin sensitivity, maintain a healthy weight, and reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications, such as heart disease.
We will continuously monitor your pet's blood sugar levels to ensure that the current treatment plan is effective. If adjustments are needed, our veterinarian will make the necessary changes to the diabetes management plan.
Contact Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital in Bossier, LA
If your pet has diabetes, our team at Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital, serving Bossier City and the surrounding area, is here to help. We will create a customized treatment plan to manage current symptoms and prevent long-term complications. If you suspect your pet has diabetes, please give us a call today at (318) 742-5353.