10 Warning Signs of Diabetes in Dogs & Cats

 

A growing epidemic amongst our pets, recognizing and spreading awareness about diabetes in dogs and cats is vital to helping pet owners spot and treat the disorder early.

10. Weakness or Fatigue

Diabetes can cause wasting of back muscles or weakness in the back legs of cats. With dogs there may just be a general sense of lethargy, being less active, or sleeping more.

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9. Increased Thirst

Drinking more water than usual, known as†polydipsia, is an early warning sign of diabetes.

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8. Increased Urination

Urinating more frequently, producing more urine throughout the day, or having ďaccidentsĒ in the house may mean your cat or dog has developed†polyuria, another early warning sign of diabetes that goes hand in hand with polydipsia.

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7. Increased Hunger

If your cat or dog suddenly acts as if it is always starving, despite eating the usual amount (known as†polyphagia), and maintains or loses weight despite increased food intake, this can be a sign of diabetes as well.

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6. Sudden Weight Loss

Though a diabetic pet may show signs of being hungrier than ever, sudden weight loss is a common occurrence because diabetes can cause an increased metabolism.

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5. Obesity

Obesity can actually cause diabetes to develop; therefore, if your pet is obese you should keep an eye on it to determine if it is developing any symptoms of diabetes.

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4. Thinning or Dull Hair

Thinning, dry, or dull hair, particularly along the back. Thinning hair is generally a symptom of some illness, diabetes included, so it is best to visit your veterinarian to determine the cause.

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3. Cloudy Eyes

A common complication of†diabetes in dogs is cataracts, or cloudy eyes. Cataracts can lead to blindness if not monitored.

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2. Depression

A later sign of diabetes in dogs and cats is†ketoacidosis, metabolic acidosis caused by the breakdown of fat and proteins in the liver in response to insulin deficiency. Ketones in the body in high amounts are toxic, and this imbalance in the body of your pet can cause depression.

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1. Vomiting

Another side effect of ketoacidosis, if your petís diabetes has escalated to this point before itís been recognized, is vomiting. Ketoacidosis is more commonly found in older pets and in females.†Dachshunds and†Miniature Poodles are also predisposed to it.

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Top 10 Signs Your Pet Has Diabetes originally appeared on petMD.com

330 comments

Fi T.
Fi T.1 years ago

The same to watch out in human beings

Thomas V.
Thomas V.1 years ago

my dog is 4 years old he has diabetes and it may be worst then that he going blind he has seamen in his urine and it just drips out. my vet doesn't seem to know what to do nor care to be honest. he is on the food and insulin but it isn't working. I have done research and I have found some other treatments natural ones. Bejak and some others but the problem is finding were to get it but its suppose to help right now I have my dog on cinnamon witch suppose to help with his blood levels. I feel I am running out of options the vet doesn't seem to know what to do other then keep upping his insulin and he is in pain and suffering...

Thomas V.
Thomas V.1 years ago

my dog is 4 years old he has diabetes and it may be worst then that he going blind he has seamen in his urine and it just drips out. my vet doesn't seem to know what to do nor care to be honest. he is on the food and insulin but it isn't working. I have done research and I have found some other treatments natural ones. Bejak and some others but the problem is finding were to get it but its suppose to help right now I have my dog on cinnamon witch suppose to help with his blood levels. I feel I am running out of options the vet doesn't seem to know what to do other then keep upping his insulin and he is in pain and suffering...

Matthew Joel V.
Matthew Joel V.1 years ago

My dog pees all the time and its getting worse...I am at my end with this....I have him on a nutro natural choice and he is getting worse.....he peed on my couch where I lay tonite and would not come in the house like he was scared.....he pees on everything and pees all the time and its completely out of control....I picked him up to put his nose in the pee on the couch and he peed on me.....!!!!!!!!!I Iam afraid to let him back in the house...I cant keep up with the washing linen and floors ....what should I do? put him to sleep?

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James K.2 years ago

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Kim Janik
Kim Janik2 years ago

Good to know!

Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

My dogs are diabetes that is why I have a blog about them. It will make 2 years since my dogs got diabetes. Diabetes isn't a death sentence, it can be managed. Love your blog.

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John Wesen
Past Member 2 years ago

I knew someone with a Diabetic dog. Cats have a high risk of getting it too.

Andy Walker
Past Member 2 years ago

Ok.

Janet Bradley
Janet Bradley2 years ago

Yep, my cats are in that danger range. Testing soon for elevated sugar and its time to reduce the weight!