Top Ten Signs Your Pet Has Diabetes



Recognize the Pet Diabetes Epidemic


November is nationally recognized as American Diabetes Month, a month focused on raising awareness about diabetes in people. Not as commonly known is that November is also recognized as Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. A growing epidemic amongst our pets, recognizing and spreading awareness about diabetes in dogs and cats is vital to helping pet owners spot and treat the disorder early.

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#10 Increased Thirst


Drinking more water than usual, known as polydipsia, is an early warning sign of diabetes.





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#9 Increased Urination


Urinating more frequently, producing more urine throughout the day, or having “accidents” in the house may mean your cat or dog has developed polyuria, another early warning sign of diabetes that goes hand in hand with polydipsia.


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#8 Increased Hunger


If your cat or dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as polyphagia), and maintains or loses weight despite increased food intake, this can be a sign of diabetes as well.


#7 Sudden Weight Loss

Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.



#6 Obesity


Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore, if your pet is obese you should keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any symptoms of diabetes.


#5 Weakness or Fatigue

Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs there may just be a general sense of lethargy, being less active, or sleeping more.


#4 Thinning or Dull Hair


Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included, so it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.


I#3 Cloudy Eyes

A common complication of diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. Cataracts can lead to blindness if not monitored.

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#2 Depression


A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in the body of your pet can cause depression.


#1 Vomiting


Another side effect of ketoacidosis, if your pet’s diabetes has escalated to this point before it’s been recognized, is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females. Dachshunds and Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.
















This article clearly outlines the symptoms yu would see in a pet who has active Diabetes.  These symptoms must be evaluated by aLab testing and your pet’s Veterinarian.     Interesting enough, the symptoms observed in your pets are very similar to Diabetes in humans.     I keep finding that more and more major diseases symptoms in dogs parallel with the same disease in humans.  Check out this site for pet specific articles on Diabetes over the next two days.

My second Dobie , Roxi, was diagnosed with Canine Diabetes at age 6    My late husband was also diabetic.   Roxi went on regular insulin by injection just as my late husband injected his insulin.   It was a crazy time.   She passed over the rainbow bridge 6 moths after my late husband passed away in 2010.

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