National Diabetes Month is observed every November in order to raise awareness to a disease that affects over 1.4 million pets in the U.S. Certain dog breeds are more predisposed than others including Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers. The biggest risk factors for cats are obesity, genetics, hyperthyroidism and lack of exercise. Symptoms of diabetes in pets include:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss despite increase eating
Treatment may include diet, oral medication, or daily injections and differs between cats and dogs. Fortunately canine and feline diabetes is treatable if detected early and many dogs and cats go on to live many years after diagnosis.
Please go to http://www.petdiabetesmonth.com/pdf/pm09_0114b.pdf for more details about canine and feline diabetes