Caring for a Diabetic Pet

March 3, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Sometimes the care of a diabetic pet can be challenging. The most common complication is hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Hypoglycemia symptoms include lethargy, anxiety or behavioral changes, muscle weakness or twitching, seizure or coma. Other signs diabetic pet owners should watch for are trouble urinating, bloody urine or not using their litter box, vomiting or diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

To avoid a diabetic pet emergency, pet owners should implement a consistent daily routine. Here are some tips involving diet, exercise, and insulin therapy for a diabetic dog or cat.

Diet- Feed your pet portion-controlled meals at the same time each day. To stabilize blood sugar levels, the meals should contain around the same number of calories. What you feed your pet is also important. Your dog or cat should be eating a balanced, species-appropriate diet.

Exercise- Like any pet, diabetic pets need exercise too. Regular aerobic, muscle-toning type exercises are recommended several times a week.

Insulin therapy- Like their meals, your pet’s insulin should be given at the same time each day. Keep a log of the time and amount of food and insulin given each day.

Finally, if you are a diabetic pet owner, work closely with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet’s disease.

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