Warning Signs

  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive urination
  • Excessive hunger while losing weight
  • Lethargy (less active/sleeps more)
  • Cloudy eyes (dogs)
  • No longer grooms (cats)
  • Thinning, dry, dull hair

Diabetes is a disease caused by a lack of insulin or the inability of the body to utilize the insulin properly, that affects the level of glucose, or sugar, in your dog or cat’s blood.  The glucose comes from the food that your pet eats. The food is broken down into very small components by the pet’s digestive system so their bodies can use it for energy.

Risk Factors in Dogs

  • Age (middle-aged to older dogs are more affected)
  • Unspayed females
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Breed-these breeds have a higher risk for developing diabetes:
    • Cocker Spaniels
    • Dachshunds
    • Doberman Pinchers
    • German Shepherds
    • Golden Retrievers
    • Labrador Retrievers
    • Pomeranians
    • Terriers
    • Toy Poodles

Risk Factors in Cats

  • Age
  • Neutered males
  • Genetics
  • Other insulin-resistant disorders or diseases, such as chronic pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) or hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones)
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity