If your pet has diabetes, it's important that it receives proper veterinary treatment. It's a lifelong condition, but it is highly treatable. At Farview Veterinary Hospital in Independence, we offer diabetes treatment for pets.
What is Diabetes?
Pet diabetes occurs when your pet's body can't regulate its blood sugar normally. When your pet eats food, the body breaks it down into glucose, which is a type of sugar. The cells use glucose for energy. Once sugar enters the bloodstream, the insulin allows the cells to absorb it. If your pet is unable to use the glucose the body creates, or it cannot produce enough of it, too much glucose remains in the blood. This typically causes high blood sugar.
Signs of Diabetes
Knowing the signs of diabetes is an important aspect of pet wellness. The condition is easier to manage when it is diagnosed early. Diabetes often causes excessive thirst and urination. This is because the body eliminates some glucose through urine. It produces more urine in an attempt to flush glucose from the body, which causes the pet to be thirsty.
Appetite changes are another symptom. Your pet may have an increased appetite or a decreased appetite. You may also notice your pet losing weight, even though it is eating regularly. Dogs may develop cloudy eyes if they have diabetes. Lastly, pets with diabetes often have chronic infections. These include skin and urinary infections. They may be difficult to treat or return after treatment is complete.
If your pet has signs of diabetes, you will need to speak with one of our veterinarians. We will begin by testing your pet’s blood sugar levels. We will do this through both blood and urine testing. We may also order other tests, including a CBC, to further understand your pet's health.
Once the diagnosis is made, you can expect your pet to be given insulin. You will need to give the insulin with an injection into the skin. Dietary changes are also key to diabetic pet care. We will recommend the best diet for your pet. Typically, this is a diet with plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates. Exercise is also helpful. Our veterinarians will determine the type of exercise that is best for your pet.
Diabetes Treatment at Farview Veterinary Hospital
If your pet needs diabetes management in Independence, contact Farview Veterinary Hospital. We will work with you to create a treatment plan specially designed for your furry family member. Call our team today at (816) 257-5454 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.