If you're looking for a full-service pet hospital and an emergency vet in Logan, Utah, look no further than Bridgerland-Cache Animal Hospital. We provide care for most animals including exotic pets and horses. From dermatology and microchipping to vaccinations and dental care, our kind and caring staff is ready to assist your pet. Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the animal world. Read on for more information on this condition and how it can affect your pet.
Diabetes is a health condition that affects the level of sugar in the blood. It can occur when the body makes little or no insulin. The result is that the cells of the body don't have enough energy to function properly.
Symptoms Of Diabetes In Pets
Diabetic animals will exhibit the following symptoms:
- Rapid weight loss
- Increased thirst
- Lack of appetite
- No energy
- Excessive sleeping
- Cloudy eyes
- Increased urination
- Recurring infections
- Wounds that do not heal
If you notice any of these symptoms lingering in your pet, consult with our veterinarian.
How Diabetes is Diagnosed In Pets
Our veterinarian will first test the glucose and ketone levels in your pet's urine. If needed, we will then test the glucose level in the blood. If glucose is found in both urine and blood, a diagnosis of diabetes will be given.
Treatment And Care Of Pets With Diabetes
With proper treatment, maintenance, and care, your pet can live a long and happy life. The first thing our vet will do is prescribe a daily dose of insulin. They will answer any questions and show you how to administer it. Next, your vet will discuss the special dietary needs of your pet. Typically, a low-carb, high-protein diet is prescribed and special food is available through the veterinary practice.
Finally, it will be up to you to monitor your pets' drinking and eating habits, urine output, and weight. You'll also need to ensure they get daily exercise. Regular vet appointments will be necessary to monitor the glucose levels in your pet as well.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Logan, UT
Call Bridgerland Cache Animal Hospital today at (435) 752-2151 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.