Pet diabetes: could your pet be at risk and can you prevent it?
October 19, 2022
Just like humans, pets can also develop diabetes. There are two different types of diabetes, but diabetes mellitus is the most common form that cats and dogs can develop. The team at Molesey Vets have some advice for pet owners on how to spot common symptoms of diabetes mellitus at home in between annual and 6-monthly vet checks.
If you have any concerns about your pet’s health right now,
Common signs of Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes mellitus occurs due to an insulin deficiency in the body. It is always helpful if pet owners can recognise signs of diabetes to help monitor their pet closely for any changes in their health.
Vet Darren lists common signs that may show your cat or dog has symptoms of diabetes below:
- Drinking more than normal
- Weeing more often
- Increased appetite
- Weight loss even if they are eating more
- Seeming a bit ‘off’ or depressed
- Reduced appetite or not eating
- Vomiting (with other symptoms of diabetes)
Many of these signs can be linked with other conditions but if you have any concerns, it is always best to get your pet looked at. Our Vet Darren explains that you should not overlook any symptoms whatever age your pet is. There are a few factors that can make your pet higher risk for diabetes – these include:
- Age – older pets are more likely to develop diabetes
- Sex – entire female dogs and castrated overweight male cats are more likely to develop diabetes
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Cushing’s disease
Can you prevent pet diabetes?
One of the main causes of pet diabetes that owners can influence is obesity. Carrying extra fat can contribute to insulin resistance and is a risk factor for pancreatitis, which can lead to diabetes.
Vets believe that 51% of dogs and 49% of cats are overweight (9487 PFMA Obesity White Paper 2019_Web.pdf).
Helping your pet to lose weight can be challenging on your own. Our vets and nurses are here to help guide you if your pet needs to lose weight.
By regularly weighing your cat or dog at home, or at our Molesey Vets clinic, you learn what is normal for them and spot weight changes sooner.
If you spot any of the symptoms above, or your pet’s weight is trending upwards or downwards, it is best to get them checked by Darren or any of the vets at our Molesey surgery. The chances are it is something simple, but it is better to get it looked at and get your dog or cat the treatment they need.