Diabetes Care and Management At Burke Animal Clinic
Do you have a pet suffering from diabetes and need to find ways to get it managed? A veterinarian at Burke Animal Clinic in Burke can help. Below is more information on diabetes care and management.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a type of diabetes that affects both cats and dogs and is a lifelong disorder. Diabetes Mellitus is where the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin for the animal. The hormone insulin helps the blood sugar, glucose, go into the cells of the animal's body. Blood glucose increases to unhealthy levels when there is not enough insulin in the body. Body tissue can become damaged and other signs of DM are seen.
Symptoms early on, such as weight loss, weakness, depression, and changes in appetite may not be noticed by the owner. Pet owners usually go to the veterinarian when their animal urinates and drinks more often.
How Can Diabetes be Managed?
Diabetes can be managed and your pet can lead a normal life with DM. Insulin injections are used to maintain and manage DM in both cats and dogs. A veterinarian from our team will discuss and show you how to give your animal insulin shots. Your pet's glucose levels will need to be monitored and may need their insulin levels periodically changed based on these levels. A specific diet will also be recommended by our veterinarian, based on individual results and needs of your animal.
There are also other ways to manage diabetes in cats and dogs. Dogs should be given a diet that is high in fiber. Female dogs with diabetes should be spayed Cats should be given a diet low in carbs, but high in protein. Our veterinary team will also recommend daily exercise for both cats and dogs with diabetes.
How We Can Help
If you suspect your cat or dog is diabetic, please set up an appointment and bring them to our animal hospital as soon as you can. Our veterinary team will want to perform an exam on your pet before declaring an official diagnosis of diabetes. Blood tests and urine cultures can help determine if your cat or dog has diabetes.
Once your pet is diagnosed with diabetes, we can start a treatment plan to help them lead a normal and happy life. Please contact us if you have any questions about our facility and treatment practices.
Contact Our Burke Animal Clinic in Burke, VA Today!
Make an appointment today to get your pet's diabetes managed by our veterinary team. You can visit us at Burke Animal Clinic, 6307 Lee Chapel Road, Burke, VA 22015. You can also call us to schedule an appointment at 703-574-3860.