Signs your pet might have diabetes

Signs your pet might have diabetes

Here is how to recognise if your pet has diabetes and how to get help. 

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Diabetes is a major health problem in the world. It is one of the leading causes in the deaths of humans. 

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While it is very common in humans, some people might not know that the condition also affects animals such as dogs and cats.

According to a report by, one in 300 dogs will suffer from diabetes. The report also states that one in 230 cats will develop diabetes during their lifetime - and the numbers keep increasing.

While the condition is not very common in pets, it is still important to take it seriously and treat it, as it can lead to other health conditions. 

Reports state that if diabetes in pets is left untreated, it can lead to infections and a serious life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, which can result in coma or death.

What causes diabetes in pets?

Diabetes in pets is caused by lack of sufficient insulin in the pet's body or the body does not use the insulin properly. 

Symptoms of diabetes in your pet

There are several symptoms that your pet might show. Some of them are similar to those in humans who are diabetic. 

According to, your pet might experience the following symptoms: 

- Weight loss

- Excessive thirst and urination

- Breakdown of body fat and development of ketoacidosis

- Lower appetite

- Pungent breath with a chemical smell

- Complications associated with diabetes

Treatment for diabetes in pets

If your pet suffers from diabetes, it is important to take it to a vet who will determine the right treatment for it. 

The treatment might be in the form of insulin.

READ: How to better manage diabetes

Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult a health practitioner on any health-related issues.

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