Do you know that pets can get diabetes? It’s one of the more common endocrine (glandular) diseases affecting pets and it’s actually mostly preventable.
Your pet’s diagnosis of diabetes is a life-changing one, so I suggest always doing your utmost to prevent it from occurring.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic (glandular) disease involving hormones that regulate water balance and blood glucose (sugar) levels.
There are two primary types of diabetes: insipidus and mellitus.
Diabetes insipidus less commonly affects pets and mainly involves hormones that help to regulate water retention and excretion.
Diabetes mellitus (Type I or II) is more common and results from the lack of or insufficient production of insulin from the pancreas.
As diabetes mellitus is the most common of the two types of diabetes affecting pets, let’s focus on diabetes mellitus for this segment.
How bad is this problem?
The problem is so bad that diabetes has its own commemorative month. November is National Pet Diabetes Month, which raises awareness of the disease and strives to help owners with both preventive and treatment measures.
Diabetes severely compromises a dog’s or cat’s quality of life and alters the care provider’s schedule, budget, and emotional state. According to VPI Pet Insurance claims data, diabetes related veterinary expenses totaled more than $1.5 million in 2007, with an average invoice of $200 per visit.
When it comes down to it, can pet owners afford the expenses associated with the ongoing management of a diabetic pet? If no, then owners should be extra vigilant in taking measures to prevent the potential for their pet to become diabetic.
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