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Pet Diabetes Month

Pet Diabetes Month

As we wave goodbye to October, Autumn brings us another month with great importance in the furry world. With rising cases of diabetes amongst our furry friends in recent years, the month of November is Pet Diabetes Month. Dedicated to educating owners about how to both prevent and manage diabetes in our four-legged friends. 

Often linked to diet and lifestyle, diabetes can affect both our furry friends, canine and feline and can have significant impacts later on in life. With millions of sufferers across both the human and animal world, this November we wish to raise as much awareness of this disease as possible shed a little light on how some lifestyle changes can help ensure your furry friend is as healthy and happy for as long as they live.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes, more commonly associated with humans, is an endocrine disease that relates to an inability to regulate insulin which is responsible for controlling levels of glucose in the body. There are two types of diabetes that can affect both humans and animals.

  • Type 1: Inability to produce enough insulin
  • Type 2: Insulin-resistance cells in the body that can’t regulate glucose

Both types of diabetes can have long-term effects on the body and often leave the affected individual on medication for the rest of their life however, there are lifestyle changes that can lead to Type 2 diabetes meaning it is a disease that is preventable in the right conditions. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise can all contribute to preventing Type 2 diabetes from occurring.

Signs of Diabetes

As many of the symptoms of diabetes present as other conditions, it is fundamental if you notice a continuation of any changes in your pet’s behaviour that you consult with your veterinarian. Diabetes symptoms can present as excessive thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss so noticing the symptoms earlier can help get your pet the help they need.

However, as mentioned before, these symptoms may present as other conditions so they aren’t directly a sign of diabetes in your pet therefore prevention is always better than cure so consult your vet if you believe your dog may be diabetic.

Signs of Diabetes

As many of the symptoms of diabetes present as other conditions, it is fundamental if you notice a continuation of any changes in your pet’s behaviour that you consult with your veterinarian. Diabetes symptoms can present as excessive thirst, frequent urination, and weight loss so noticing the symptoms earlier can help get your pet the help they need.

However, as mentioned before, these symptoms may present as other conditions so they aren’t directly a sign of diabetes in your pet therefore prevention is always better than cure so consult your vet if you believe your dog may be diabetic.

Managing Diabetes

Like us humans, our pets can live long and happy lives long after a diabetes diagnosis has been given. With the right medication and lots of TLC, your pet’s life won’t be impacted that dramatically and can function like any other whilst living with the condition. 

With Type 2 diabetes something resulting from conditions such as obesity, managing your pet’s diet and lifestyle is a great way to keep diabetes at bay. Providing a healthy diet with good sources of protein, avoiding over-snacking and human scraps (despite the temptation).
Adding a teaspoon of Brewer’s Yeast to your dog’s food with each meal can also help. Brewer’s Yeast contains a natural chromium-containing substance called “glucose tolerance factor” which helps the body use blood sugar more efficiently.
Vitamin E, another natural supplement helps to reduce the need for insulin. Speak to your vet to get the correct recommended dosage for your size of dog. You might need to contact a Holistic Vet for this advice.
These dietary changes and hearty bouts of exercise can help keep your pet in tip-top shape ensuring their body is the healthiest and happiest that it can possibly be.

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