Diabetes Care at Breton Veterinary Hospital
Diabetes has risen in the public consciousness as a major threat to human health, but did you know that it's also a serious problem for pets? The inability to maintain normal blood sugar levels can create all kinds of problems, from blood vessel damage to organ failure. If your Leonardtown pet is at risk for this systemic health challenge, you need to know as soon as possible so that the problem can be treated effectively. Breton Veterinary Hospital can check for diabetes, prescribe treatment to protect your pet's health, and recommend preventative measures for pets who haven't yet developed the disorder.
How Diabetes Affects Pets
In humans and pets alike, a hormone called regulates the amount of sugar carried by blood. This hormone is produced by the pancreas, but sometimes the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with demand. This condition is called type 1 diabetes, and it's the most common form of the disorder seen in dogs. Cats are more susceptible to type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas is producing insulin, but the body has developed a resistance to the hormone's effects. It's worth noting, however, that either species can develop either type of diabetes. Risk factors include:
- Genetics: Some breeds may be more likely to get diabetes than others.
- Age: As pets age, their diabetes risk goes up.
- Obesity: This is a major (and largely preventable) risk factor in diabetes
The classic symptoms of diabetes in pets include sweet-smelling breath, unexplained weight loss, increased thirst and water consumption, increased urination, increased food consumption, tiredness, and weakness. The damage done by diabetes can include reduced circulation, vision loss, jaundice, seizures, and nerve damage. Diabetes can also progress for years without showing symptoms.
Diagnosis and Treatment from Our Leonardtown Veterinarian
Don't wait until your pet is obviously sick to get him checked for diabetes. Our Leonardtown veterinarian can detect the condition during a wellness exam, which is one reason that regular exams are so important. Insulin is the standard medical treatment for managing diabetes in pets. We can also prescribe special diets, exercise, and other lifestyle practices to help stabilize your pets’ blood sugar levels. We can even advise you on home care practices to help prevent the condition from occurring in your pets.
Help Your Pets Live a Healthier Life
Whether your pets are already struggling with diabetes or you want to keep them from getting it in the first place, Breton Veterinary hospital can help. Call our Leonardtown clinic at (301) 475-7808 to start arranging for a healthier life for your pets.