Is My Cat or Dog at Risk of Diabetes?

While diabetes has been diagnosed in cats and dogs of all ages, genders and breeds, certain pets are at greater risk of the disease.

Here’s some of the various risk factors for both cats and dogs…..

Diabetes – Risk Factors in Cats Include

  • Age: older cats are more susceptible
  • Neutering status: neutered males are at higher risk
  • Other disorders or diseases, which can cause insulin reduction or resistance such as chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones)
  • Obesity: overweight pets are at higher risk
  • Physical inactivity

Diabetes – Risk Factors in Dogs Include

  • Age: middle-aged to older dogs are more affected
  • Neutering status: un-spayed females are at higher risk
  • Obesity: overweight pets are at higher risk
  • Breed: the following breeds have a higher risk of developing diabetes
    • Cocker Spaniels
    • Dachshunds
    • Dobermann Pinschers
    • German Shepherds
    • Golden Retrievers
    • Labrador Retrievers
    • Pomeranians
    • Terriers
    • Toy Poodles

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How Do I know if my Cat or Dog has Diabetes?

Some common signs of diabetes in cats and dogs that you can be on the look out for include….

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination—your pet produces more urine per day and may have “accidents” in the house (dogs) or outside the litter box (cats)
  • Excessive hunger while losing weight
  • Lethargy (less active/sleeps more)
  • Cloudy eyes (dogs)
  • Doesn’t groom (cats)
  • Thinning, dry and dull hair

If your pet is showing any of these signs, talk to your vet about getting your pet tested for diabetes. With proper management and monitoring, a dog or cat with diabetes can lead a full healthy, happy and active life. Please contact us if you are in any way concerned.

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