For many of us, our pets are some of our greatest treasures. We strive to provide quality of life for our animals, which includes monitoring their behaviors, habits, and overall signs of health and wellbeing. Some signs aren't as initially obvious, though, and can become bigger, more serious problems, ultimately threatening the health and life expectancy of your pet. Diabetes is one such condition which, left undiagnosed or properly treated, can seriously degrade the overall life expectancy of our valued furry friends.
Regular veterinary check-ups can help identify the signs and symptoms of diabetes. Additionally, there are some warning signs any responsible pet owner can watch for, in order to alert your veterinarian to help an animal in our charge. At Fairway Knolls Veterinarian Hospital, our experienced veterinarians and staff are able to diagnose and suggest treatment for a myriad of conditions, including diabetes. Serving the Bloomington, IL and surrounding communities for over 25 years, we are a trusted animal hospital for so many pets and pet owners, alike. Let's examine some signs and symptoms of diabetes which you can watch for in your pets' daily lives.
What to Watch For
Since diabetes symptoms are often shared with other conditions, it is important to consult your family veterinarian about what is happening with your animals before jumping to conclusions. Diabetes is usually attributed to glucose, or sugar, not being used properly in the body. Insulin, a hormone produced and released by the pancreas, is the other key factor in how nutrients are processed and used in the body. Although dangerous if untreated, diabetes can be monitored and managed, much like with humans. Some common symptoms or signs are
Sudden weight loss
Thinning or lower quality hair
Increased thirst and urination
Lethargic behavior and depressed mood
If these or other warning signs are noticed, it’s important to seek veterinary help. As previously stated, observed behaviors and conditions can be signs of more than one problem. Call Fairway Knolls 309-663-1414, or schedule an appointment to help ensure your pet(s) are living their best lives.