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Could your pet have diabetes?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Just like in humans, diabetes is a growing concern for pets. Diabetes is caused by the pancreas not being able to produce enough insulin, or that the insulin produced is not being used correctly. Insulin allows glucose in the blood to enter cells, helping the body to function properly. Without this, it can be life threatening.

What are the symptoms?

If your pet is showing any of the below signs, they could be at risk of having diabetes.

  • Increased thirst or excessive drinking
  • Increased urination or “accidents” in the house
  • Change in appetite
  • Sudden weight loss, despite increased hunger
  • Thin or dull hair
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Cloudy eyes or blindness

Like all illnesses, the earlier diabetes is diagnosed and treated, the better. There are estimated to be half a million undiagnosed diabetic people in the UK – imagine how many pets may also be at risk! Once diagnosed, it can be an easy to manage condition and your pet can lead a happy, healthy life.

It is thought that obese pets and female dogs are at greater risk of diabetes later in life, and some breeds can actually be predisposed to the condition. To help lower the chances of your pet developing diabetes, we recommend they maintain a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise and a suitable diet.

To raise awareness, throughout November we will be taking part in the “Take a tinkle” initiative in aid of Pet Diabetes Month. We will be offering a FREE diabetes check using a simple urine test. Just collect a sample from your pet and pop it into your local Highcroft branch for testing.

If you are concerned that your pet may have diabetes or you would like some further information, please feel free to give us a call or book in to speak to a vet


Jennifer Ellis commented on 11-Nov-2014 09:14 AM
How would you suggest to obtain a sample from a cat? Would a litter tray sample do?
Highcroft Veterinary Group commented on 11-Nov-2014 01:21 PM
Hi Jennifer, if you are struggling to get a urine sample, the best way would be to use a non-absorbent cat litter such as 'KatKor'. It costs about £2 and is available at all branches. You are also welcome to collect a urine sample pot at the same time (free of charge).

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