November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month

November 1, 2016 — Pet Health Education — Pickens Animal Hospital @ 9:39 pm



How is it diagnosed?

Because the signs and symptoms are not specific to Diabetes alone, we will likely need to do a General Health Profile bloodwork panel and Urinalysis.

How is it Managed?

Pets who are diagnosed with Diabetes are usually started on Insulin injections and special diets. Initially, your pet will be rechecked and Lab Work done frequently until levels can be regulated. After that, your pet will need to be reevaluated every three to six months to ensure that levels remain controlled.

Warning Signs/Who is at Risk?

Early signs of Diabetes, such as changes in hair coat, appetite and energy level are often over looked. As the disease progresses, the signs become more apparent and usually include excessive urination, extreme thirst or changes in weight. Diabetes can occur at any age but is most often seen in adult and senior dogs and cats.

If you think you may be noticing any of these signs, please give us a call and we will schedule an appointment for your pet.