Untreated, diabetes in cats, dogs & other pets can cause many other health problems for your pets. Just like us, animals can suffer from diabetes due to a number of factors, including a modern diet. Cathy Samuel, our Natural Pet Consultant, advises on how to PREVENT diabetes in dogs & cats, how to TREAT your diabetic pet and the SYMPTOMS to look out for if you are concerned that your pet may have diabetes. CLICK HERE to read about the information that every pet owner should know about diabetes in pets!
Cathy says ‘Lately, I’ve been receiving quite a lot of queries about diabetes from worried pet owners. As there are usually lots of questions surrounding this topic, I will share some IMPORTANT information I’ve gathered while working with diabetic animals.’
1. What is diabetes?
Cathy says, “Firstly more and more cats and dogs are developing diabetes which is the inability to produce enough insulin to balance their blood sugar levels. Just like insulin is produced by the pancreas in people, the pancreas produces insulin in pets. There are two types of diabetes – Type 1 which occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce adequate levels of insulin and Type 2 diabetes which is a lack of normal response to insulin.
2. Why do pets get diabetes and what are the causes of diabetes in cats and dogs?
Cathy says “ “It is not very clear why some pets develop diabetes and others don’t BUT there are CERTAIN FACTORS which may contribute to this condition:
• Auto-immune diseases
• A high fat diet and obesity
• Inflammation of the pancreas or pancreatitis
• Genetic – certain breeds are predisposed to diabetes
3. Could your dog or cat have diabetes? What are the symptoms?
There are quite a few symptoms of diabetes to watch out for in dogs and cats that may be diabetic and these include:
• Excessive thirst and drinking more water
• Urinating more than usual
• Weight loss despite an increased appetite
• Sweet smelling breath
• Urinary tract infections
• Vomiting and dehydration
• Development of cataracts leading to blindness
If you notice that your dog or cat does not seem well and displays any of the above symptoms, it is always best to take your pet to the vet for a proper diagnosis. If your vet diagnoses diabetes, he will advise you on what to do and how to care for your diabetic pet.
4. What can pet owners do to prevent and care for their diabetic pet?
Cathy says: “As you know, DIET IS VERY IMPORTANT in preventing and treating diabetes in dogs, cats and other pets! Feed your pet a healthy balanced diet consisting of all the essential nutrients – protein, fats and veggies. NO TABLE SCRAPS, FATTY TREATS OR TAKEAWAYS!!
You may want to consider switching to a natural well-balanced dog or cat food like Doggobone raw foods or Vondi’s – both available for the Feelgood Health shop at Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake, Cape Town – Ph 021 7970193 if you need directions
EXERCISE is another important factor in the control and prevention of diabetes in dogs and cats. Get your couch potato furry friend MOVING! Lack of physical activity is one of the main reasons that animals gain weight, so make sure your pet has at least 20 to 40 minutes of exercise several days during the week (It’s good for you too!).
If you suspect that your cat or dog is showing signs of diabetes, consult your vet for a more accurate diagnosis. Once your pet has been diagnosed, your vet may recommend a high fibre diet, oral meds or insulin therapy as part of the treatment plan.
5. Is there a natural solution to treat diabetes in pets?
Cathy says: Yes, there are natural remedies to help in the treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats! . While it may not be possible to avoid the use of insulin in some pets with severe symptoms of diabetes, I am happy to report that we have managed to keep diabetes in many pets under control without the use of insulin –simply by combining a healthy lifestyle, diet and exercise with our natural remedies for diabetes in pets.In the Feelgood Pets PetAlive range, Diabetonic Pets contains 3 tissue salts for dogs and cats with Type I and Type II diabetes that maintains healthy blood sugar levels and improves insulin availability and production
What’s great about natural diabetes remedies for pets is that they are not only effective when used on their own, but can also be used as part of a total veterinarian treatment program! This may help to reduce the need for conventional insulin medication or even avoid it altogether.
In summary, Cathy says, ‘If you follow the healthy lifestyle tips mentioned above, you can greatly reduce the chances of your pet developing diabetes! In addition, by following these steps, along with your vet’s advice and a natural approach to the treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats, you can ensure that your diabetic pet receives the best treatment for diabetes and has many years of health and happiness ahead!