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Diabetes is a common, chronic disease found in both dogs and cats. It occurs when the body can’t use glucose, the main source of energy for the body’s cell. Excessive sugar is built up but the body’s cells that need it can’t access it. Diabetes can occur at any age, but it is most common in dogs over the age of 4 and cats over the age of 6 as well as in obese pets and certain dog breeds. In addition, female dogs are twice as likely to develop diabetes. It’s important to manage diabetes early before the disease progresses.
Diabetes can be managed with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and insulin treatments. Make sure to consult your veterinarian at any of the early signs in order to address these issues with treatment. Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose diabetes with a blood test. If untreated diabetes can lead to, but is not limited to, blindness, enlarged liver, kidney failure, and seizures.
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