While you probably have a neighbor, family member, or friend with diabetes, did you know that your pets are also at risk of getting diabetes? Similar to humans, diabetes in pets develops if they cannot properly utilize glucose due to an impairment in producing or responding to insulin. However, while diabetes in humans is typically classified as Type 1 or Type 2, the differences in these classifications are less clear in pets.
Although diabetes in pets can occur at any age, it is most frequently seen in dogs over 7 years old. Additionally, two times as many female pets than male pets are affected. Dogs and cats are significantly more at risk of developing diabetes if they are obese.
Signs of Diabetes
Through noticing the early signs of diabetes and taking your dog to their veterinarian, they have a higher chance of living a long, healthy life.
- Increased water consumption and urination
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Cloudy eyes
- Recurring Infections
Caring for Dogs with Diabetes
If your dog has diabetes, your veterinarian will likely develop a treatment regime that includes insulin injections, a diet change, and daily exercise/a weight loss plan. The MeasureON! harness can be used to help monitor your dog’s heart rate and activity level to ensure they are getting the appropriate amount of exercise. Additionally, through closely monitoring your dog’s activity level, you will be able to adjust your dog’s insulin levels. Regular examinations and tests performed by your vet will help ensure the current plan is the best for your dog or determine if adjustments need to be made. As continuous communication with your vet and close monitoring are necessary, MeasureON! can allow your vet to monitor your dog while they stay in the comfort of your home. However, please remember that while the MeasureON! harness provides important information, it is not intended to replace veterinary consultation. Through proper management, diabetic pets can live a long and healthy life.
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