Like Humans, Pets Get Diabetes Too

FAIRBURY – Veterinarians want pet owners to be aware that just like humans, dogs and cats can get diabetes too.  November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month and it is a common disease that can affect your pet.  Dr. Tyler Kimberlin is a Veterinarian at the Fairbury Animal Clinic and says there are certain symptoms to watch for.

“First symptoms with cats we see is an overweight cat losing weight unexpectedly, and increased urination and drinking water.  The same goes with the dog but usually they drink water and urinate more is one of the signs you see in your pet.”

Diabetes is more common in older pets, but it can also occur in younger or pregnant pets. The disease is more manageable if it is detected early and managed with the help of your veterinarian. Kimberlin says The good news is that with proper monitoring, treatment, and diet and exercise, diabetic pets can lead long and happy lives.

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