Diabetes is well known in human medicine! Unfortunately our little companions can also develop this disease. A blood sugar (glucose) that is abnormally high will cause symptoms such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, a change in appetite, fatigue, dental disease, urinary tract, eye and even gait problems. In cats, obesity and sedentary are two very important factors predisposing this disease.
A health examination, blood tests and urinalysis are required to diagnose diabetes. A treatment, which aims to keep blood sugar (blood glucose levels) within the normal range throughout the day, is essential. Thereafter, follow-ups will be made to ensure good glycemic control and clinical signs. Although there are therapeutic foods and oral medications, a vast majority of animals with diabetes will require treatment with insulin injections morning and evening.
Luckily our little friends are rarely bothered by the tiny injections contrary to what their owners think! It’s always a surprise to people to see how the animals are tolerant when giving daily insulin, which demonstrates that injections are more easy to give that medication by mouth!
Do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian if you notice that your pet drinks more, urinate more often than usual (urine in the house or more urine in the litter), or had lost weight.
Our concern is that your pet is happy and healthy.