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Pets with Diabetes

Jan 20, 2013 | Arizona Pet Health

Having a loved one with diabetes is sometimes hard. When its your favorite pet it can be even harder. Taking care of a kitty with diabetes doesn’t have to be a daunting task; here are four simple things you can do.

  1. Diet is important If your cat has diabetes you should not feed them dry food. A high protein, low carbohydrate diet is recommended by most vets, and most dry foods contain lots of extra carbs. Just like in humans, carbs tend to raise blood sugar levels so lowering those carbs is very important.
  2. Home testing isn’t as hard as it may look Like humans, pets with diabetes need to have their blood sugar levels tested. With a little practice it can be an easy process to do at home.
  3. Giving Insulin is another amazing easy task If your pet needs insulin, you will need to give it by injection. You can talk to your vet about the best way to do this, as well as ask him for some pointers. If you find you need a refresher there are also many online videos and other resources available.
  4. Work with your vet your pet will probably need to be seen more frequently. Work with your vet to make them part of your pet’s ongoing treatment plan.

Disclaimer: Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary emergency hospital immediately.