Diabetes Is Raining Like Cats and Dogs

Diabetes Affects Pets Too!

Recent data released shows that the incidence of  canine diabetes increased 79.7%, from 2005 to 2015. Over that same period, diabetes in cats increased 18.1%. These are alarming numbers, and can be linked to weight gain and lack of exercise.

Body Condition Scoring Chart for Cats and Dogs

Body Condition Scoring Chart for Cats and Dogs

In humans, this number is rising too. I think that our "easy life style" perpetuates these numbers. Since your humble veterinarian, Dr. Greenwell, weighs more than he should, he has been trying to link our pet's well-being with the well-being of our pet parents.

Here are the take home points:

Help your pet lose weight, if needed. It will extend their life and their quality of life.

Your pet can help you lose weight and you can help your pet lose weight. Working out with your best friend is about as good as it gets.

If pets weigh their optimal weight, they are less likely to suffer from chronic diseases like diabetes, pancreatitis, heart disease or joint diseases.

Watch the caloric intake of your pet. Measure the kibble with a measuring cup, be careful what treats you offer. In between meal snacks can really increase their weight.

Exercise your pet daily. Get up and make your pet move. Play fetch, take them to the park, or just let them play in your yard.

Say yes when we recommend wellness blood work to evaluate your pet's internal organs. One of the routine tests performed is a blood glucose test. This is the test that screens for diabetes. Earlier detection can result in less pain and suffering and usually costs less than diagnosing when it is "too late".

If you have questions or concerns, call the Russell Creek Pet Clinic and Hospital at 214-547-8387. Dr. James Greenwell and his staff are here to help you and to help your pet celebrate more birthdays.

Talking about patient's weight is always a delicate issue. We do not want to offend anyone, we simply want pets to have a great life. They deserve it and so do you!

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