According to recent veterinary studies, 1 in 400 cats has diabetes mellitus, and there are a number of symptoms to look for that can indicate cat diabetes. Although it is a very serious disease, it can also be extremely manageable with the help of an expert veterinarian and a treatment plan.
At Germantown Vet, our highly trained veterinarians have the skills and expertise to diagnose and treat your furry family member—and we don’t mean Uncle Ralph. At our state-of-the-art facility, we have the tools necessary to provide the most cutting edge care for your cat.
Contact us online or by phone at 240-252-7467 to schedule an appointment.
What Is Cat Diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is the result of an inadequate production of insulin by the islet cells in the pancreas, and there may be a genetic predisposition for this in some cats. Just like in humans, insulin enables glucose to pass into your cat’s cells so it can be metabolized to produce energy. When your cat has an insulin deficiency it results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (high urine sugar).
Diabetes can lead to a host of medical concerns for your feline, including eye problems, nerve damage, digestion problems, dehydration, neurological problems, and more. It’s very important to learn the warning signs of cat diabetes and have your pet diagnosed so a treatment plan can be implemented.
Cat Diabetes Symptoms
There are a couple of early symptoms of cat diabetes that you should be looking for in your pet. They include:
- Frequent urination & drinking a lot of water – Glycosuria causes cats to excrete large volumes of urine, causing dehydration. This will also lead to your cat drinking large amounts of water.
- Large appetite & unexplained weight loss – When your cat isn’t metabolizing enough sugar, he or she will experience an increase in appetite; however, the disease can cause malnourishment and the appetite may drop. Find out other reasons why your cat is always hungry »
In more severe or advanced cases of cat diabetes, some symptoms could include:
- Loss of appetite
Unfortunately, diabetes is a disease that will affect every organ in your pet’s body. At Germantown Vet, our experienced veterinarians can test the level of glucose in your cat’s blood and urine to successfully diagnose your pet.
Treating Cat Diabetes
Your cat’s treatment plan will be carefully crafted by one of our experienced veterinarians after a careful assessment of your pet’s weight, health, diet, and the severity of his or her condition. Most commonly, dietary control and daily insulin injections can regulate cat diabetes. These insulin injections can be performed at home, and our vets can explain how to safely prepare and administer your pet’s medication.
Visit Germantown Vet for Cat Diabetes
Do you want to learn more about cat diabetes and diagnosing or treating your pet? Call Germantown Vet to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained vets can help you care for your cat and improve the quality of his or her life. Contact us today!
About Germantown Vet
At Germantown Vet, we’re pet owners too. Family-owned and operated, we treat our patients and their owners as we would treat our own pets and family members. Our veterinarians take the time to listen, educate, and create a customized a plan for your pet’s health. It is important to us to treat each pet and its owner as individuals with their own needs and concerns.
Since opening our doors in 1983, we’ve been proud to become the go-to veterinary clinic for pet owners throughout Montgomery County, MD. Our veterinarians are available to care for hospitalized patients after hours, and we have a live-in veterinary nurse to check on our patients during the night. That means you can trust your furry family member’s care with us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Schedule your visit with us today by giving us a call at 240-252-7467 or contact us online!