November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month- from Pet Cancer Awareness
November is Pet Diabetes Awareness month: It was designated to help create more awareness of this disease that can significantly impact the health of companion animals.
If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.
Diabetes is a relatively common disease in which the body doesn’t use glucose properly. If left untreated, diabetes is life-threatening. It is manageable and if detected early enough, pets with diabetes can live a normal life when treated and medicated properly. In some cases with cats, diabetes can actually be reversed.
Signs and symptoms of diabetes that owners should be aware of include the following:
• Increase in water consumption
• Increase in urination
• Increase in appetite
• Weight loss
• Cataracts may be present if diabetes has been existent for a longer period of time
Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.
Even if your animal develops diabetes, if you work with your veterinarian and follow his or her recommendations closely, your animal can have a good quality of life. Diet will be the first thing your veterinarian will consider, especially if your pet is a cat. Besides diet, there have been improvements in the types of insulin and the types of monitoring tests available to your veterinarian.
Although obesity is clearly linked to the development of diabetes, not every pet who develops diabetes is fat and not every obese pet will develop diabetes. Nonetheless, diabetes is almost always a preventable disease if your pet maintains a normal weight.
Featured dog- Luna
5 years old. Came with another dog as owner could not keep them due to illness in home. A girl who is eager for TLC. Luna is the kind of woman that goes nowhere without being noticed.
She is a little shy, and hide in the corner, all she needs is someone who will give her time with them and let her, in my own time, adjust and gain back confidence. She is well behaved and loves attention .
Additional adoptable dogs
Billy 5 yr old husky. He is quite the lover and enjoys being with people
Hazel 4 yr old shepherd mix Friendly and loves to play and be petted
Featured cat- Samantha
3 months old Samantha is an independent cat that is looking for a home without a dog or cat as she has a very strong personality. This independent gal know what she wants – a loving home where she can be queen of the castle. Samantha enjoys getting attention but prefers when it’s on her terms. She will do best in a quiet home where she can be the star of the show. She will rub up on you affectionately. She will greet you at the door and tell you about her day and ask you about yours. She likes hanging out with you while you are doing your chores and she wants to know what you are doing. This fine lady needs someone with some patience, who will work with her and make her comfortable with her surroundings.
Additional adoptable cats
Bella- Loves being petted and getting attention. Quiet lady
Felix Large sized boy. Very talkative. Loves attention, will come when called
River- 3 month old black long hair kitten. Ball of fluff and kitten energy.
Soft and Furry- Ginger
Mini-lop rabbit. Partially house trained. Friendly likes being petted 4 months old.