Did you know dogs and cats can get diabetes too?
This year, World Diabetes Day falls on Wednesday 14th November. At Buchanan Veterinary Group we would like to raise awareness of the condition and the symptoms your pet may display if they are diabetic.
Like all illness, the earlier the problem is diagnosed and treated, the better. Unfortunately, your pet can’t tell you how they’re feeling. However, diabetic pets often have one or more tell-tale signs to keep an eye out for like excessive thirst, frequent urination, weight loss despite constant hunger or lethargy.
It is estimated that as many as one in 200 pets suffer from the condition. Like us, it can often be associated with getting older (cats and dogs over six are most at risk), putting on weight and not being active. It can also be more common in certain breeds. If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious illness in your pet and even premature death. However, once diagnosed using a simple urine test, diabetes in cats and dogs is usually relatively easy to treat and manage.
If you think your pet is displaying any of the above symptoms, please contact your local surgery to arrange an appointment.