Pets with diabetes cannot produce or utilize insulin properly, preventing the conversion of food to energy. Without this conversion to energy, extra sugar left in the blood leads to lethargy and other health problems. It is estimated that 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the U.S. have diabetes. It cannot be cured, but with proper treatment and monitoring, your pet can live a long and happy life!
Signs of the disease can be difficult to spot, and can even be mistaken as symptoms of other conditions, such as hypothyroidism or kidney disease. But as long as pet parents are educated and vigilant, early diagnosis is possible. Dogs and cats with diabetes usually sleep more and are more lethargic during the day. Dogs with diabetes can have cloudy eyes, while cats may have thinning hair and weak hind legs.
Pets with canine or feline diabetes also exhibit three additional symptoms — polydipsia, or increased water intake; polyuria, or increased urination; and polyphagia, or increased appetite. Sudden weight loss can sometimes be a good indicator that a dog or cat may have diabetes.
Animals exhibiting these signs should see a veterinarian immediately; failure to treat diabetes in pets can lead to some devastating and life-threatening health issues.
Credit to Diabetes Petcare Alliance