Pet Diabetes Treatment with our Winnipeg Manitoba Veterinarian
By now you may heard all kinds of warnings about the dangers of diabetes and what people should do to prevent or control this condition. But did you know that your beloved pet is vulnerable to diabetes as well? Animals can run into difficulty controlling their blood sugar, which in turn leads to serious health problems. Fortunately, Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital knows how to care for Winnipeg Manitoba pets with diabetes.
Pet Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Complications
Diabetes is a state in which the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in its blood. When food is broken down into sugar, the pancreas secretes insulin to help direct that sugar toward cellular metabolic functions. But sometimes the amount of insulin produced isn't adequate, or the body becomes resistant to the insulin that is produced. This starves cells of the fuel they need. Meanwhile, the excess sugar that continues to flood the bloodstream can cause blood vessel damage and other problems. Pets with diabetes may exhibit symptoms such as:
- Constant, excessive thirst or urination
- Weight loss and appetite changes
- Skin, vision, or urinary system problems
- Lack of energy
- A sweet smell on the breath
Diabetes may be congenital, but it is more commonly acquired with age, especially in pets who are obese. Left untreated, diabetes can cause nerve damage, blindness, serious urinary system dysfunction, and even death.
Diagnosis and Treatment at Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital
Thankfully, many acquired or chronic conditions (including diabetes) can be successfully treated if they're caught early. The best way to achieve that goal is to make sure your pet is receiving regular wellness exams at Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital. Our veterinarian, Dr. Kahlon, can detect diabetes through a combination of external evaluation and blood and urine testing. We can also determine whether your pet is overweight for his age and breed. Since obesity is a prime factor of the development of diabetes, it's good to have our vet center make any dietary or exercise recommendations that can help your pet reverse this unhealthy trend.
If your pet already has diabetes, our vet center can help. Bringing blood sugar into a normal range is imperative. We can recommend high-fiber diets for diabetic dogs or high-fiber, low-carb diets for cats, as well as a regular exercise program. Your pet may also need regular doses of insulin. We can show you how to give these injections as easily and comfortably as possible.
Schedule an Evaluation with our Winnipeg Veterinarian
Humans can live wonderful lives even with diabetes, and so can your pet. Call Silver Heights Veterinary Hospital at (204) 504-5600 to schedule an exam from our veterinarian!