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Diabetes and Your Pet

Just as in humans, diabetes in pets is the result of the pancreas producing less of the hormone insulin than is needed or the animal’s cells becoming resistant to insulin.

Carbohydrates in your pet’s food get converted to various sugars, including glucose. Without insulin—or if the cells are resistant to insulin—the glucose can’t enter the body’s cells. That sugar then accumulates in the blood and subsequently passes through the urine (this is why they pee so much!).

While this disease can’t usually be cured, it can be successfully managed with appropriate treatment and monitoring.

Southern Hills Animal Hospital is your partner and here to help. We can instruct you on making lifestyle changes that may make managing diabetes easier for you and your pet. They include:

  • Changing your pet’s food to a formula with lower carbohydrates and higher protein
  • Switching to reduced-calorie food and treats
  • Monitoring glucose levels with blood and urine testing.

If your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, we’ll be happy to teach you everything you need to know about giving insulin, performing blood and urine tests if needed, and answering any questions you may have.

Based on your pet’s blood glucose levels and medical status, your veterinarian will adjust the insulin dose as necessary over the first few weeks or months. Consistent care and daily doses of insulin will help your animal companion continue to lead a normal, healthy life.

Remember, Southern Hills staff and veterinarians are happy to help answer any questions you may have about managing your pet’s disease and your pet’s health in general. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need assistance—we’re here to make sure your animal companion has as many happy, healthy years as possible. Call us at (318) 686-5945.