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Posted on 2nd Nov 2016

Illustration By Henry Vandyke Carter - Henry Gray (1918) Anatomy of the Human Body (See "Book" section below) Gray's Anatomy, Plate 1105, Public Domain, Link


         One out of eleven people have diabetes in the United States, so it’s likely you know someone that suffers from diabetes. But did you know that your dog or cat can also have diabetes? It’s almost as common as it is in humans. 

         If you didn’t know that your dog or cat could develop dia-betes, you’re not alone. Finding out that your pet could develop the condition can leave you with many ques-tions. What is diabetes? How can pets get it? Will my pet have a shorter life span? Diabetes occurs either when the pancreas cannot produce insulin or the body is resistant to insulin. Cells use insulin to move glucose in for energy. Without insulin the body starts breaking down protein and fat storage energy sources.

         Most often diabetes affects senior or overweight pets. The primary symptoms of diabetes to look for in dogs and cats are changes in appetite, increased drinking, increased urination, weight loss and lethargy. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to suc-cessful management. Even though there is no cure for diabetes with good care and regular checkups with your veterinarian your pet can live a normal long life span.

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