Everything you need to know about taking care of your pets with diabetes

MSD Animal Health in Mexico

We know that lifestyle changes, overeating with a large caloric intake and sedentary lifestyle are the main causes of diseases such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes or even joint problems that affect society. These diseases also occur with some differences in companion animals (dogs and cats).
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in dogs and cats, for example, is a serious metabolic disease that is increasing and occurs with a higher incidence in elderly animals, although records have also been found in young pets. The causes that trigger this disease are due to alterations in the cells of the pancreas, not producing enough insulin, limiting glucose absorption into the blood.
According to some studies, it is estimated that one in every 100 to 200 cats and one in every 100 to 500 dogs have DM and their symptoms can be similar to those of people, such as: increase in quantity and / or number of times when urinating, increased water intake and appetite, sudden weight gain or loss, etc.
Fortunately, nowadays advances in veterinary medicine allow to increase the life expectancy of companion animals, so it is very important to see your Veterinarian regularly, who, based on your clinical history, physical and blood tests, ultrasounds and / or X-rays, can confirm any pathology faced by the companion animal.
Within the framework of World Diabetes Day that is commemorated on November 14, Adrián Polo Jeréz, Technical Coordinator of the Companion Animals Unit of MSD Animal Health in Mexico, commented that “the positive diagnosis of diabetes in companion animals It does not mean that it is the end of your life. Although this disease is lifelong, the first step that should be considered is to visit the Veterinarian more frequently, have a correct diagnosis, a treatment protocol and, above all, maintain the necessary care to guarantee its quality of life ”.
As those responsible for pets, you must be attentive to any change in behavior or symptoms, as they are important indicators that reflect some deterioration in the function of your body.
To enjoy your diabetic dogs or cats for a longer time, MSD Animal Health in Mexico highlights 6 important points that, in conjunction with the Veterinarian, pet owners may consider to maintain the health and quality of life of their pets:
Insulin administration: the treatment of DM in dogs and cats should always be done with insulin for veterinary use. The pet owner will have to learn how to store, handle and manage it. Measure blood glucose levels.
Medical check-ups: schedule appointments with the Veterinarian at least 2 times a year.
Discipline: it is necessary for the pet owner, as well as all members of the family, to be disciplined, as it is the key to successful treatment.
Weight control: diet is essential and carbohydrates should be restricted and include foods rich in fiber.
Exercise: ensure that the pet exercises according to its age and physical abilities.
Disease prevention: do not forget to keep your vaccination schedule updated, as well as internal and external deworming.
“We must remember that, with this disease, the pet will need much more care, attention and love than before, that is why we invite all pet owners to follow the instructions and advice of the Veterinarian to the letter”, concluded Adrián Polo Jeréz, Technical Coordinator of the Companion Animals Unit of MSD Animal Health in Mexico.