Car­ing for your di­a­betic pets

No cure, but can be suc­cess­fully man­aged

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Na­tional Di­a­betes month is ob­served each Novem­ber and in­cludes World Di­a­betes Day on Novem­ber 14.

This month is a time for com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try and world to shine a light on di­a­betes and in­crease aware­ness of the disease.

Our fam­ily pets can also be com­monly af­fected with di­a­betes, with it be­ing re­ported that be­tween one in 100 to one in 500 dogs and cats are af­fected and some ex­perts be­lieve it is on the rise. Di­a­betes in pets and peo­ple are very sim­i­lar and vet­eri­nar­i­ans use very sim­i­lar med­i­ca­tion, equip­ment and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems to those used in di­a­betic peo­ple.

Odie Mat­tock, pic­tured with his owner Dal­las, was di­ag­nosed with di­a­betes in July this year and has been re­ceiv­ing treat­ment from Mata­mata Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices.

Al­though Odie has de­vel­oped is­sues with his sign ( which can oc­cur in di­a­betes pa­tients) he is still full of life. With on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing of his glu­cose lev­els Odie has a pos­i­tive out­look.

Di­a­betes mel­li­tus (the med­i­cal name for di­a­betes) is a disease caused by lack of in­sulin.

When your pet eats, the food is bro­ken down into very small com­po­nents by the di­ges­tive sys­tem, glu­cose be­ing one of th­ese com­po­nents.

In­sulin is re­quired for the cells to ab­sorb glu­cose.

Healthy pets pro­duce in­sulin eas­ily but pets with di­a­betes don’t.

This means that the glu­cose builds up in the blood­stream which is dam­ag­ing to your pet’s health.

Warn­ing signs to be aware of that could mean your pet has di­a­betes in­clude: Ex­ces­sive thirst, ex­ces­sive uri­na­tion, ex­ces­sive hunger whilst los­ing weight, be­ing less ac­tive and sleep­ing more, thin dry dull hair and groom­ing them­selves less.

Older, over­weight and in­ac­tive pets are more at risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes.

In ex­treme cir­cum­stances your pet can get very sick, be­come very weak and stop eat­ing al­to­gether.

Your ve­teri­nar­ian will need to ex­am­ine your pet and take some urine and blood sam­ples to di­ag­nose di­a­betes.

In dogs there is no cure for di­a­betes but it can be very suc­cess­fully man­aged with the help of your ve­teri­nar­ian. In cats re­gres­sion of the disease can oc­cur with med­i­ca­tion and man­age­ment.

With ef­fec­tive treat­ment and mon­i­tor­ing, a di­a­betic dog or cat should have the same life ex­pectancy as a non-di­a­betic dog or cat.

Early di­ag­no­sis and ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment help di­a­betic pets main­tain a good qual­ity of life.

If you have any con­cerns that your pet may be show­ing any of th­ese signs please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact Mata­mata Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices to book an ap­point­ment with one of the vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

Photo: SUP­PLIED.

An­i­mals af­fected: Odie Mat­tock, pic­tured here with owner Dal­las, was di­ag­nosed with Acute On­set Di­a­betes with se­vere life-threat­en­ing com­pli­ca­tions. Af­ter a pe­riod of in­ten­sive care at Mata­mata Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices he has been sta­bilised and has a good qual­ity of life again.

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