Many of us have loved ones affected by diabetes. But did you realize that those loved ones can also include your pets? Like human diabetes, animal diabetes is characterized by a high level of glucose in the blood. Blood-glucose levels and the absorption of this glucose by the body’s cells are regulated by the hormone insulin. If there isn’t enough of this hormone present, or if the cells can’t use it effectively, glucose levels increase, which can lead to diabetes.
> Urinating more often than usual
> Eating more food than usual
> Losing weight
> Developing sores and skin infections.
Keep it in check Once a routine is established—including keeping meals and exercise consistent, and administering insulin—and your pet gets used to it, managing his diabetes takes very little time. And your pet can enjoy a healthy life for many more years.
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