Diabetes in Pets

by Ryedale Vets
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by Beth Skinner RVN, Ryedale Vets

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! It is predicted that 1 in 200 cats and 1 in 300 dogs have Diabetes. Our pets digest carbohydrates into sugars including glucose, this is then absorbed into the bloodstream and is transferred into the body’s cells by insulin so it can be used as energy. Diabetes happens when there is little to no insulin produced or by an abnormal response to the animal’s own insulin.

To help raise awareness of Diabetes in our own furry friends we would like to introduce you to Poppy…

“Hi, my name’s Poppy the cocker spaniel and I’m 9 years young! I spend my days zooming around and loving life, but I’ve been feeling really tired on my walks and much prefer to snooze in front of the fire. I’ve always been very clean but recently I’ve not been able to make it through the night without making a puddle on the floor, I don’t mean to but I’m just so thirsty, my humans are always filling my bowl up.

Anyway, my humans got quite worried about me so booked an appointment with the vet—not my favourite place but my human says it’s for my own good. After a chat with my human the vet made me go outside and wee in a funny tub and have a blood sample taken. This was the best bit as I got lots of treats for been a good girl and I’m so hungry at the moment yet I’m still losing weight!

The vet then explained to my human that I have lots of glucose in my wee and blood and that this explained my strange symptoms. The vet says it isn’t completely understood what causes Diabetes, but I did used to be a bit porky, and my breed could be a cause too.

I’ve started on a strict daily routine and have a new special diet, I have to have insulin injections each day but the needles are very small and I’m very brave. The vet says that with some time and close monitoring I should be feeling back to my bouncy self soon!”

Throughout November, at Ryedale Vets, we’re offering a free urine test to help with early diabetes detection and help stop pets feeling as poorly as Poppy did!

Contact Ryedale Vets for more information on 01439 771166 or 01751 472204.

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