Nov 02 2017

Feline & Canine Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is when your pet’s body either cannot produce enough insulin, or its body doesn’t allow it to use insulin properly.


  • Genetics – Diabetes can be genetically predisposed
  • Lifestyle – obesity, poor nutrition, lack of exercise can increase the chance of Diabetes


  • Increase urination and thirst – if your pet is drinking and urinating more than usual, or even having accidents in the house, these signs can be linked to Diabetes or other disorders
  • Increased appetite
  • Vision Problems – pets can develop cataracts from uncontrolled Diabetes which causes blindness.
  • Lack of energy and an increased need to sleep – due to high blood sugar.
  • Urinary Tract Infections – due to the increase in sugar in the urine, there is a greater likelihood that bacteria will grow in your pet’s bladder.


  • The treatment of Diabetes includes regular monitoring of blood glucose, dietary adjustments, insulin given by injection, and keeping an eye on your pet.
  • Frequent vet visits and the costs can add up quickly. This is why we urge you to keep you pet at a healthy body condition and feed a high quality diet.

Give our team at Coventry Animal Hospital a call if you have any concerns about your pet.

For more information view these other blogs:

Diabetes Mellitus

Pet Obesity

Tips on How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Vet Bills

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