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It’s Pet Diabetes month in Worcestershire

Amy Holloway

November is Pet Diabetes month – the perfect time to book a check-up to make sure all is well with your furry friend. It’s well worth having a diabetes check as, should your pet test positive, much can be done to handle the condition and keep their quality of life at a premium.

The team at Clent Hills Vets tell you here what warning signs to look out for, but if you have any fears that your cat or dog may be diabetic the only surefire way of knowing is through a urine and blood test.

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Diabetes is more common in dogs and cats over the age of six, but some breeds may be more susceptible than others.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is caused by a lack of the hormone insulin, which tells an animal’s cells to absorb glucose. If there is a lack of insulin or a condition called ‘insulin resistance’ there will be high levels of glucose in the blood, or ‘diabetes mellitus’.

Warning signs of diabetes in dogs

  • Excessive drinking
  • Constant hunger but maintaining or losing weight
  • Urinating more than normal
  • Cloudy eyes

Warning signs of diabetes in cats

  • Excessive drinking
  • Constant hunger but maintaining or losing weight
  • Urinating more than normal
  • Lethargy
  • Thinning, dull or dry hair

If your pet shows any of these symptoms it could point to diabetes, which can be determined by tests to see whether glucose is in high concentration in blood and urine. However, these symptoms could also be indicative of other health issues, which is why it’s so important to have your pet regularly checked at Clent Hills Vets.

What counts as excessive drinking?

Vets Alun Edwards and Rod Stroud recommend that if your dog is drinking more than 90ml per 1kg of their body weight per day, or 70ml per 1kg for cats, then you should definitely get them checked by a vet straight away as these amounts are abnormal. Equally, if you see a change in your pet’s usual drinking habits you should book an appointment with your vet, who would give them a thorough health check and may suggest a diabetes blood and urine test.

Screening for diabetes

If your cat or dog is not showing symptoms but you want to get them screened for diabetes, a simple and inexpensive way is to get their urine tested. The team at Clent Hills Vets can do this for you, just pop in and ask for a urine sample pot, the test is under £15. If the test comes back positive for glucose, then your pet will need to be seen by a vet.

It is thought one in every 100 dogs that reaches 12 years old will develop diabetes and that as many as 1 in 230 cats are affected. But, although diabetes is not curable, it can be managed with insulin injections and a carefully planned diet in both cats and dogs.

If you have any questions regarding diabetes in cats or dogs, the team at Clent Hills Vets are always on hand with advice. And you can book a diabetes check-up simply by calling 01527 889810.

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