Diabetes in humans is a very common condition, and so it is in pets as well. And recent statistics have shown that one in approximately 300 adult dogs and one in approximately 200 cats are diabetic. These numbers don’t look that menacing, but when you look at the bigger picture, it surely does tell you a different tale. And due to these alarming numbers, Pet Diabetes Awareness Month is and has been observed more vigorously in the past few years.
Very similar to the human form of
diabetes, pet diabetes is a very complex and highly common disease among pets
like cats and dogs. There are mainly two types of diabetes in pets:
I Diabetes – Where the body finds it
extremely hard to produce *insulin.
II Diabetes – Where the body fails to make
proper use of the insulin.
it is a hormone that the body requires to convert sugar and other foods into
Pet Diabetes Awareness Month
Every year, the entire month of
November is observed as Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. The main motive for
observing such a month is to raise awareness among pet parents as well as the
general public about diabetes in pets and also to figure out ways to curb such
We all know that diabetes is an
incurable disease, which is why it is so important to raise awareness among
everyone. Moreover, even if pets are diabetic, it does not mean that it’s the
end of the road for them. Those diabetic pets can still lead a healthy and
happy life if and only if you take the necessary steps and measures, especially
with their diets.
That Your Pet Could Be Diabetic
The below-mentioned points are a list
of signs that shouldn’t be neglected or ignored at all costs.
- Increase in thirst
- Reduction in weight
despite an increase in appetite
- Lameness, lethargic,
- Change in fur coat
and skin condition (pale color)
- Cloudy or dull eyes
- Bloated stomach
- Excessive loss of fur
If your pet experiences any of the
above, be quick to consult a veterinarian. These are the signs that your pet
could be diabetic, so act tactfully and quickly.
to Manage Diabetes in Diabetic Pets?
As stated earlier, diabetes is
incurable, but such a disease can be successfully managed. For that to happen,
pet parents need to be extra vigilant.
Here’s how you can successfully manage
diabetes in your diabetic pet:
- Maintain a proper and
- Cut down on fatty
- Refrain from
- No in-between
snackies to munch on.
- Daily exercising like
walks and playing fetch.
- Regular health
check-ups to the vet.
- Get blood sugar
levels checked every now and then.
Follow all of the above to give your
diabetic pet a reason to smile and be happy about life.
Your pet will surely appreciate the effort.
You Can Spread Pet Diabetes Awareness?
Pet Diabetes Awareness Month is not
only confined to raising awareness in and around your area or locality. With
the help of the internet, you can raise awareness throughout the world as well.
All you can do is log onto any of your socials like Facebook, Instagram, or
Twitter and post a write-up or upload images of your diabetic pets. Do not
forget to use #PetDiabetesAwarenessMonth
or #PetDiabetesMonthin your posts
because we’ll be keeping an eye.
So what are you waiting for? Go raise awareness in the world!