Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects how the body processes glucose (sugar). Diabetes can affect both dogs and cats.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common type in pets, and it occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin.
Type 2 diabetes, which occurs when the body develops insulin resistance, is less common in pets but can occur.
Diabetes symptoms in pets include increased thirst and urination, weight loss, and lethargy.
Obesity, genetics, and certain medical conditions such as pancreatitis are all risk factors for diabetes in pets.
Diabetes in pets is typically treated with insulin injections, dietary changes, and close monitoring of blood sugar levels.
Many diabetic pets can live happy, healthy lives with proper treatment and management.