Treatment & Care for Pets With Diabetes & Endocrine Disorders
Like in the human body, the bodies of dogs and cats are made up of a number of complex systems. Sometimes these systems become damaged or simply fail to operate as they should. When one of the body’s systems begins to malfunction, disease or other health problems result. Unfortunately, symptoms may not appear until considerable damage has occurred in the pet’s body.
Diabetes is a common disease that results from a malfunction of your pet’s endocrine system. It can occur in younger pets as a result of a birth defect or other injury to the animal’s pancreas, rendering it unable to produce insulin (this is known as type 1 diabetes). It can develop in an older pet when his or her body becomes unable to effectively utilize the insulin produced (known as type 2 diabetes). In both of these cases, visible symptoms are often not apparent until the disease is advanced.
Modern veterinary medicine now has the tools to not only detect diabetes in dogs and cats early, but also has the ability to treat both types of diabetes and allow your pet to lead a long and normal life.
Diabetes is not the only condition that results from a problem with your pet’s endocrine system. However, like diabetes, other serious conditions can be successfully treated if diagnosed early. Regular wellness care visits for your pet can enable our veterinarians to diagnose and treat diseases such as diabetes early, allowing your pet to lead a long and happy life with you.
For more information about the importance of regular exams and what they involve, please read an overview article from the American Animal Hospital Association.