In August we offer complimentary urine screening for Diabetes Mellitus.
Just drop some fresh urine in a clean pot in to us and we will check it for sugar!
What is Diabetes Mellitus?
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common
endocrine (hormone) problems in cats and dogs,
occurring when there is too much sugar in
Why does Diabetes mellitus happen?
This can be because the body does not
produce enough insulin to control sugar levels
(Type 1) or because the body has become
insensitive in some way to the action of
Insulin as well as reduced production (Type 2).
Dogs mainly suffer with Type 1 disease
whereas cats usually have Type 2.
How often are pets affected?
Canine diabetes is quite common, with up to 1 in every 100 dogs developing the condition. Diabetes typically occurs when dogs are between 4 and 14 years old, and females are twice as likely as males to suffer from diabetes. In contrast, in the cat, males are twice as likely to be affected and obese cats are at increased risk. Again, diabetes is surprisingly common with around 1 in 200 cats being affected. Burmese cats are known to be particularly predisposed.
How is it treated?
Fortunately, diabetes can be successfully treated using insulin, along with some changes to diet and lifestyle.
Obese animals will also need to lose weight. We run Diabetic Clinics at the practice to
support our clients and pets, as without treatment diabetes leads to severe and life threatening disease.
Is there another type of Diabetes?
Yes. There is another condition called Diabetes insipidus which is a very different disease not related to sugar levels – it is much rarer