November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Just as diabetes affects 30 million Americans, diabetes is also affecting our pets in increasing numbers. Obesity is a contributing factor. Over 50% of our pets are overweight, which increases their risk of developing diabetes. 

WHAT PETS ARE AT RISK?
●    Diabetes in cats and dogs can occur at any age. However, diabetic dogs are usually 4-14 years old and are diagnosed at 7-10 years of age. Diabetes occurs in female pups twice as often as male dogs.
●    Most diabetic cats are older than 6 years of age.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DIABETES?
●    Excessive thirst
●    Increased urination
●    Increased appetite
●    Weight loss and lethargy
●    Cloudy eyes (especially in dogs)
●    Chronic or recurring infections (including skin infections and urinary infections)

TESTING AND TREATMENT
Your vet will use blood and urine tests to diagnose diabetes. Treatment can include a consistent feeding schedule, insulin injections, glucose monitoring, and weight loss.

PREVENTION
●    Keep your pet at an ideal weight
●    Control food intake
●    Exercise
●    Annual vet exam