Here are a few things you need to know when caring for your pet with diabetes.
- Don’t panic. Diabetes is a manageable condition, and with your help, your pet can live a long and healthy life.
- Work with your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan. This will likely include regular insulin injections, diet, and exercise.
- Be consistent with your pet’s treatment plan. This is essential for keeping their blood sugar levels under control.
- Monitor your pet’s blood sugar levels regularly. This can be done at home with a blood glucose meter.
- Be on the lookout for signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Symptoms of hypoglycemia include weakness, trembling, seizures, and coma. Symptoms of hyperglycemia include increased thirst and urination, weight loss, and lethargy.
- Treat hypoglycemia immediately by giving your pet a sugary treat or by feeding them a small meal. If your pet is unconscious, call your veterinarian or animal emergency hospital immediately.
- Treat hyperglycemia by increasing your pet’s insulin dose or by giving them fluids. Again, if your pet is not responding to treatment, call your veterinarian or animal emergency hospital immediately.
- Keep your pet’s weight under control. Obesity can make diabetes more difficult to manage.
- Make sure your pet gets regular exercise. Exercise helps to keep blood sugar levels under control.
- Be patient and loving. Caring for a pet with diabetes can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding. With your help, your pet can live a long and healthy life.
Here are some additional tips for caring for a pet with diabetes:
- Keep a written record of your pet’s blood sugar readings, insulin doses, and food intake. This will help you to track their progress and make adjustments to their treatment plan as needed.
- Talk to your veterinarian about other medications that may be helpful for your pet, such as antibiotics to treat infections or pain relievers to relieve discomfort.
Be sure to talk to your veterinary professional before making any treatments to your pet.
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