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Posted on 12-07-2017

Diabetes Treatment From Our Portland Veterinarian

pet diabetes

At Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic, our Portland veterinarian offers a wide range of veterinary services for your pet, including diabetes treatment for pets afflicted with this disease. All pet owners should be aware of the signs, symptoms, and treatment options available for diabetes in both dogs and cats.

Symptoms to Watch For in Your Dog or Cat

Diabetes occurs when your dog or cat is unable to produce enough insulin to keep his or her blood sugar balanced. This disease affects about one percent of dogs over the age of 12 and about one in 50 cats. And while it is more common in older pets, diabetes can occur at any age.

There are many signs pet owners should on the lookout for, with some of the most common being:

  • frequent urination
  • unquenchable thirst
  • unusual increase in appetite
  • unexplained weight loss
  • deterioration of coat

Treatment Options Offered at Our Animal Hospital

Blood and urine testing is offered by our animal hospital as a means of accurately diagnosing diabetes in your dog or cat. If your pet does have diabetes, the good news is that there are treatment options available to help manage this disease and allow your pet to enjoy the best quality of life possible.

The most common treatment for diabetes in dogs and cats is the use of FDA-approved veterinary insulin injections; these are given daily to help control your pet's blood glucose levels and keep them in check. It is important that you give your pet these injections at the same time each day to ensure their effectiveness. Our veterinary team can walk you through the process of administering these injections to your pet at home.

Request an Appointment With Our Portland Veterinarian Today

If your pet is showing any signs of diabetes, it's important to schedule an appointment with our Portland veterinarian as soon as possible. You can reach Peninsula Dog & Cat Clinic by calling us at (503) 285-7661.

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