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  • Treating Pets With Diabetes?

    This is all completely new to me again! I am from the UK and came here three years ago and I can tell you that at home it is not common to treat pets who have diabetes. Is treating them a new thing, or has it been going on for a long time?

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    I am not sure how new this treatment for pets is, but I found this article on the treatment of cats and dogs with diabetes. I hope this information helps.
    http://mtmt.essortment.com/dogcatdiabet_rmme.htm

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    • #3
      Wow, I didn't even know pets could have it too
      But it is treatable I see on this forums.

      *edit: What kind of pets can have it?
      Only cats or also birds? And how do you find out?

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      • #4
        How can we test pets for diabetes? Is it the same with human diabetes test?

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        • #5
          Cats and dogs can both get diabetes.
          From what I've been told dogs can sometimes be treated with pills but cats always need insulin.
          I know people who have tested their animals with their own meters.
          Blood sugar is blood sugar when it comes right down to it.
          Cats (again I'm remembering from reading a while back on an insulin pumping site) can be tested in their ears. Not sure about dogs.

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          • #6
            I have pet but i haven't think about this .

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            • #7
              I worked at a vet's hospital and we treated many pets for diabetes. They had their blood glucose levels checked by a blood test done by the vet.

              Vetsulin was the treatment of choice in most cases along with special diets made from Hill's.

              Sometimes they had a blood glucose curve done and this took a whole day. The blood levels were measured every 2-4 hours for at least 24 hours. This testing simply monitored their levels so to adjust their insulin accordingly.

              Of course, our modern lifestyle has increased diabetes in our pets. For example cats that are obese are more likely to be diabetic. It just seems like there are more and more pets with this disease because of the advances in veterinary medicine in diagnosing the disease.
              Last edited by alessadry; 09-18-2008, 10:58 PM.

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              • #8
                It is very common to treat the pets with diabetes.Mostly syringes are used for treating the pets. There is nothing wrong in using the prescribed methods to counter diabetes.

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                • #9
                  Wow. This is definitely news to me. I would imagine an animal would develop it later in life and not have the condition from birth, right? The treatments sound like they would be expensive.

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                  • #10
                    As with anything like this now, I thing the current financial crisis is going to cause many pets to go untreated.

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                    • #11
                      I have an Irish Setter with diabetes and gluton allergies. He gets two insulin injections a day. Things change alot when you have a pet with diabetes. Now I have to make sure he gets fed the same time and the same amount everyday so he can get his 22 units of insulin twice a day. He gets his walks at the same time, same distance everyday so not to throw of his glucose levels. Sometimes his glucose goes too low..........once he fell out on a walk in the woods because his sugar was reading was 45, fortunately for me there was a nice couple hiking by to help me lift my 90 pound dog into my vehicle for an emergency trip to the vets.

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                      • #12
                        pets and diabetes

                        That would be sad not to treat a pet with diabetes. They would be so tired and not live long. Cats have a different diet than dogs. Being a cat person, a good diet for a cat would be grain free - whether or not they have diabetes. There are so many choices on the market today. I am using Wellness Grain Free or Natural Balance Duck and Pea or potato. They reduce the amount of carbohydrates - even though they keep peas or potatoes for nutritional value. Cats primarily need protein. There are many holistic websites that address the best diet for diabetic cats. Dogs, however, need more grains so I can't speak for the "dog diabetic diet".

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