We love seeing your pets and having the opportunity to discuss their health with you 1-2 times a year. Not only do we get to know your pet’s personality a little more each time they visit, but routine wellness checks also offer enormous insight into their general health. One factor that’s always at the top of the list is your pet’s weight. A quick hop on the scale can reveal so much about an animal’s health, and with obesity on the rise, pet diabetes is one condition we can work together to prevent.
Under the Microscope
Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas. Responsible for the production and secretion of insulin, the pancreas helps utilize glucose in the body and regulates blood sugar levels. When a pet has diabetes, the pancreas either can’t produce enough insulin or it doesn’t use insulin effectively, which causes insulin resistance. As a result, glucose builds up in the bloodstream and is eventually urinated out of the body.
When blood sugar levels are elevated, hyperglycemia can occur. Left alone, pet diabetes can be very dangerous and even fatal.Read the rest of this entry »