Sunday, June 8, 2014

Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats--Holistic Treatments Will Help

Does your pet have any of these symptoms?
  • Change in appetite
  • Excessive thirst/increase in water consumption
  • Weight loss
  • Increased urination
  • Unusually sweet-smelling or fruity breath
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cataract formation, blindness
  • Chronic skin infections

Could Your Dog or Cat Have Diabetes?  
It is important to seek the help of your veterinarian if your pet is showing any of the symptoms to determine the underlying cause. Laboratory testing (both blood and urine tests) is essential. Diabetes is caused by either a lack of the hormone insulin or an inadequate response to insulin. When your pet eats,  food is broken down into components including glucose and other sugars that are absorbed in the bloodstream and used as energy if insulin is present.  If there is not enough insulin present, the glucose can build up in the bloodstream and not get properly absorbed and utilized by the body.

How Is Diabetes in Pets Treated? 
Each pet will respond a little bit differently to treatment, and therapy must be tailored to the individual pet and adjusted throughout his life.  Diabetes treatment will vary depending upon upon how severe the pet's symptoms are and what the lab work indicates.  It will most likely include diet modification and possible insulin injections. The treatment plan will also will depend on other conditions that your pet develops as a result of having diabetes or normal aging.  A few common complications to diabetes, are cataract formation and kidney disease (CRF can sometimes be mistaken for diabetes due to similar symptoms) 

Using a high fiber diet with fresh, nutritious food such as a raw frozen food and green vegetables is essential.  Many pets that have diabetes are already overweight and many are eating dry food that is high in carbohydrates.  Too many carbohydrates=too much sugar!   Some pets can act starved all day long and if you take a closer look at your pet's food ingredients you may see that most likely, the diet has carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and grains with very little meat or fish.  We all know that "carbs" make us hungry because our insulin spikes and then crashes after eating them.  

Protein helps to regulate blood sugar so diabetic pets need lean, high quality protein fed at the same times each day.  Properly digesting and utilizing protein is essential for pets with diabetes, which is why we highly recommend using the  Kidney Health -- Protein Support For Pets  to better manage their symptoms and overall health.  Since the excess sugar in the blood in diabetic pets can create an optimal environment for yeast and other infections, it is important to use the Power Probiotic as well.  Power Probiotic is crucial in that that help eliminate waste,  improve digestion and support your pet's immune system.  Each pet will respond a little bit differently to treatment, and therapy must be tailored to the individual pet and adjusted throughout his life. 

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