How to Detect Diabetes in Pets?

Like humans, pets like cats and dogs can also develop diabetes. Pets with diabetes need proper treatment as it is a life-threatening disease. If you have pet you should be aware about the symptoms and treatment of diabetes.

Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus in pets is based on:

The clinical signs and symptoms
Detection of persistently high level of glucose in the blood stream
Presence of glucose in the urine.
Signs and symptoms

The common signs of diabetes in pets include:

Increased frequency of urination
Increased thirst
Weight loss
Change in appetite—increased (polyphagia) or decreased appetite (anorexia)
Decreased activity, lethargy, weakness,
Changed behavior
The signs and symptoms depend on severity & length of time your pet has been a diabetic.

Blood sugar levels

The normal blood glucose level in pets is about 80-120 mg/dl (4.4-6.6 mmol/L). After a meal it may rise to 250-300 mg/dl (13.6-16.5 mmol/L).

But in diabetes blood glucose levels can rise above 400 mg/dl (usually remains in the range of 400-600 mg/dl). In some diabetic pets the glucose level can reach as high as 800 mg/dl.

The blood tests that can be used to monitor your dog’s blood sugar levels include;

Blood glucose levels
Fructosamine test
Blood glucose levels: This test is done most commonly to detect and monitor diabetic pets. The test is usually done at least 6 hours after eating. Your veterinary doctor can guide you regarding the test.

Fructosamine test: This test determines the average of the blood glucose levels over a period of last two weeks. This test may be preferred in some pets —as it is less altered by stress, changes in diet and exercise and can be performed at any time of the day.

Glucose in urine: If the blood glucose level exceeds the normal range —then glucose is filtered out of the blood stream by the kidneys. If glucose is present in urine then it means that your pets has excessive amounts of glucose in the blood.

Your diabetic pet should be monitored regularly for changes in blood sugar levels. Diabetes can be controlled well in pets with treatment. A well-treated diabetic pet can live for many years.

Dr Poonam Sachdeva, our in-house medical expert talks about the why what and how in diabetes.

Halle Berry

How Safe or Unsafe is Plastic Surgery?

Looking good has become extremely important these days with the advent of numerous visual mediums. We are readily... ...

5 Most Weird Beauty Treatments

Discover beauty using ‘unusual methods’! Listed below are the world’s five most weird beauty treatments.... ...

Halle Berry

Home Remedies for Acne Treatment

An outbreak of acne can be seriously damaging to the skin. It is generally caused due to over accumulation of sebum... ...

Halle Berry

Diabetes During Pregnancy: Will I Need a C-Section?

If you have diabetes during pregnancy, you are more likely than other women to have a large baby. When a baby is... ...

Halle Berry

Compiling a Family Health History

You may know that you got your brown eyes from your mom or your dimples from your dad’s side of the family.... ...

DASH: Designed for Every Body

DASH: Designed for Every Body

Diets are a lot like fashion. Depending on the season (and which celebrity is currently obsessed),...

Dietary Help for Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Dietary Help for Iron-Deficiency Anemia

If you have been diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, your doctor has likely advised you to eat...

Simple Swaps! Make Healthy Food Even Healthier

Simple Swaps! Make Healthy Food Even Healthier

Looking for easy ways to boost the nutritional value in your food? ...

Does Advertising affect Eating Disorders?

Advertisements are all around us. What we see impacts us in some or the other way.

How to Stop Online Shopping Addiction

How to Stop Online Shopping Addiction

In the age of electronics, there are many trends that turn into addictions....

Grocery Shopping Tips for College Students

Grocery Shopping Tips for College Students

College life is the most enjoyable part in one’s life but it also inculcates sensibility and ...

Skin Care »

  • Global Hand Washing Day

    Global Hand Washing Day

    The primary practice aim was mobilize people and transform handwashing from being just an abstract idea to an automatic ...
  • Pre School Hand Hygiene

    Pre School Hand Hygiene

    Children are very notorious and they can literally give a deaf ear to their parents when the latter ...
  • Personality Type Diet Plan

    Personality Type Diet Plan

    The Personality Type Diet has been crafted by Robert Kushner. He is a known expert on ...
Easy Way to Stop Smoking
Easy Way to Stop Smoking

Medical practitioners all over the world have been constantly appealing ...

Self Hypnosis Techniques
Self Hypnosis Techniques

A self hypnosis session requires a strong suggestion, proper relaxation and delivering ...

How to Tighten Loose Skin
How to Tighten Loose Skin

Loose skin is a common problem that a lot of women as well . ...

Careers in Speech Pathology
Careers in Speech Pathology

With a rise in speech-related problems in people, speech pathologists are in great demand

8 SureFire Tips on How to Lose Inches Off Your Waist Fast

Want to know how to lose inches fast?

The 2 Types of Knee Braces With Side Stabilizer
The 2 Types of Knee Braces With Side Stabilizer

Do you have a problem with your knees?...

Is It Easy To Quit Smoking Forever?

How do I dare to say that it is easy to quit smoking? ...

Kids and Martial Arts Can Be a Great Match
Kids and Martial Arts Can Be a Great Match

All parents want their children to grow up healthy and develop discipline...

Don't miss

Take It Easy: Preventing and Treating Shin Splints

What are shin splints? Typically, shin splints cause pain or tenderness along the shin bone from inflamed muscles,... ...

Fit to a Tee: The Basics of Golf

Think golf is just a slow-paced game for businessmen in plaid pants? Think again – it might be worth taking... ...

9 Ways to Exercise When You Don’t Have Time

You know exercise can help improve your health and lose weight. Yet, 1 in 4 adults doesn’t exercise, according... ...

Global Challenges in Water Sanitation and Health

Water has been revered and held in the highest esteem for ages. Ancient civilisations flourished near water bodies...

Hypertension treatment: Younger Vs Older Men

In younger men the diastolic pressure tends to be higher as the heart is pumping harder. While in older men the...
Cosmetic Surgery for Scar Removal

Cosmetic Surgery for Scar Removal

Cosmetic surgery has emerged as a safe and sure method for improving the physical features and enhancing the overall...

How do you define a Diabetes rash?

An early symptom of diabetes in some people can be skin rash. Whereas others may develop skin rash several years...

What are the treatment and cure of Diabetes in Young Adults?

The kind of diabetes that is most common in young adults is type 1 diabetes. In order to cure this high level of...

Questions to Ask Your Doctor When You Have Cancer

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with cancer, you may feel you need more information about many...