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National Pet Diabetes Month

We answer some common queries about diabetes in pets...

Which pets are mostly affected?

Diabetes affects cats and dogs of all ages, but cats are at a greater risk if they’re overweight, middle-aged and indoor-only.

Female dogs are more commonly affected than male dogs; all dogs are more susceptible to diabetes when they’re 7 years and older and certain breeds, such as Dachshunds, Poodles, Springer Spaniels and Cairn Terriers, are more prone than others. 


What actually is diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition where a dog or cat’s pancreas stops being able to produce insulin. Insulin stops blood sugar levels from getting too high – when they do, the animal is at risk of hyperglycaemia.

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Type 1 or Type 2?

Type 2 diabetes is rare in dogs but common in cats. Type 1 diabetes is common in both.


What are the symptoms of diabetes?

If your pet is suffering from diabetes, they may eat and drink more, and go to the toilet more. They may lose weight too (even though obesity is a common cause of diabetes).

If you’re concerned, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. It’s also good practice to bring your pet in for routine health checks – we may pick up on these conditions in their early stages, and then we’ll be able to start treatment early.

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Can feeding a healthy diet help with diabetes?

Yes! A balanced diet can help to keep your pet’s blood sugar levels stable.

Dogs or cats suffering from diabetes will need daily insulin injections and regular check-ups. We can help you with every aspect of this, so do contact us if you’re concerned.


Why is it important to contact us right away if you’re worried?

If diabetes is managed, afflicted pets can go on to live long and happy lives. If it’s left to its own devices, it can lead to multiple health complications – so it’s best to get it seen to as soon as you can! For more help or info, contact us today.

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Kingston House (Sherborne)

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Grove Dene Vet Clinic (Yeovil)

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The Forum Abbey Manor Park Yeovil Somerset BA21 3TL
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Woodlands Equine Clinic

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Longburton Sherborne Dorset DT9 5PH
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Shavehill Equine Clinic

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Buckhorn Weston Gillingham Dorset SP8 5HY
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