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Pet Diabetes

Treatment for Diabetes at Akron Animal Clinic

Diabetes can affect your dog or cats just as readily as your human family members. This blood sugar problem can cause many kinds of damage, including life-threatening issues such as organ failure. Fortunately, our team at Akron Animal Clinic can watch for signs of diabetes in your pet, treating the problem if it arises.


Understanding Diabetes in Animals

Diabetes occurs when the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose (sugar) in the bloodstream. Normally, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that removes excess glucose, both in pets and in humans. Unfortunately, this safeguard can fail in a couple of different ways. The pancreas may have trouble producing enough insulin to meet demand, a problem known as type 1 diabetes in the human community. Even if it does produce sufficient insulin, the body may have developed a resistance to its effects (a condition doctors call type 2 diabetes).

Symptoms of either type of diabetes in pets may include sudden weight loss, an insatiable appetite or thirst, and frequent urination. Unstable blood sugar can either be too high or too low. If your pet's blood sugar has dropped below normal, he may tremble, twitch, or even lose consciousness.

How Does a Vet Treat Diabetes in a Dog or Cat?

At this point you may be asking yourself, "How does a vet treat diabetes in a dog or cat?" The first step involves evaluating an animal's blood sugar during regular wellness exams. Blood and urine samples can indicate whether your pet has abnormal blood sugar levels or is passing excess sugar through urination. If your pet clearly shows symptoms of diabetes, don't wait for his next exam. Bring him to either vet on our team right away. Prompt treatment can stabilize your pet's blood sugar level and prevent a major calamity. Low blood sugar may require supplemental glucose, while elevated blood sugar may require an insulin injection.

Long-term treatment of pet diabetes may involve multiple approaches and strategies. Since obesity is a prime contributor to diabetes, we may put an overweight pet on a weight loss program of diet and exercise. Diabetic pets may also need special low-carbohydrate diets.

Pets with diabetes commonly need to manage their condition with insulin injections. In some animals, these injections are only needed for a matter of months while other treatment methods stabilize the underlying issues. Other animals must take insulin for life.

We Can Help Your Pet Fight Diabetes

Akron Animal Clinic can help your pet enjoy optimal wellness even in the face of a serious condition like diabetes. Call our clinic at 330-836-0437 to learn more!