Your pet’s treatment plan will vary depending on a few factors, including the severity of symptoms, concerns present in lab results, and if there's any other ongoing health issues that could complicate therapy. Each plan is tailored to the individual cat or dog and will be adapted and adjusted throughout the rest of their life.
Pets that are very overweight may have “insulin resistance” meaning that insulin therapy is less effective and higher doses are needed to manage their diabetes. Getting an overweight diabetic pet down to a healthy weight is an important part of their treatment; in some cases, it may even result in no longer needing to take insulin injections.
There’s no question: Managing diabetes in pets requires a high level of commitment. For starters, they’ll need daily injections of insulin at regular times of the day to help regulate glucose (blood sugar) levels in their body. But it’s better than the alternative: When diabetes is left untreated, poisonous compounds called ketones can make a diabetic pet very sick and may even cause death.
Testing your pet's blood sugar: Make sure that your pet's ear is warm. If not, hold it between your hands for about one minute. Warming the earflap makes collecting a drop of blood easier. Quickly price a clean, hairless part of the ear with a sterile hypodermic needle or lancet. A small drop of blood will appear. Collect the drop onto the glucose test strip. Gently but firmly press a square of gauze bandage onto your pet's ear until it stops bleeding. Read the test strip or insert the sample into the glucometer as instructed.
The Brook Farm team has over 35 years of experience in managing chronic health conditions in pets. As an American Animal Hospital Accredited facility, we are always up to date on the latest scientific developments and treatments available. We understand the unique needs and concerns facing a family with a diabetic cat or dog and our goal is give your furry family member the most compassionate and efficient quality care.
Diabetic pets can live full, long lives, especially if the disease is caught early and treated well. Lifestyle changes may be needed but it's important to stay positive; exercise can be a bonding time for just you two.