From change in appetite to lethargy, there are many physical signs associated with pet diabetes, which is most commonly found in dogs. This includes excessive thirst and increase in water consumption, increased urination, significant weight loss, dehydration, urinary tract infections and unusually sweet-smelling or fruity-smelling breath. A simple exam with your veterinarian – which includes blood work and a urinalysis – will confirm whether your pet has diabetes.
Treating pet diabetes is also simple, for most dogs it’s a matter of regulating blood sugar, just like in humans. This can range from changing their diet to include high-fibers, insulin injections or, in extreme cases, intensive hospitalization in the early stages. In the cases of we suggest spaying female dogs as their sex organs can effect blood sugar levels.
Pet cancer is often as easily detectable as diabetes, with basic “sick pet” signs, such as excessive weight loss, lethargy/depression , changes in bathroom habits and lack of appetite. Other signs include bumps and tumors; strange odors from the mouth or ears; wounds that don’t heal and abnormal discharges, such as blood, pus, vomiting or diarrhea. More extreme conditions might include difficulty breathing and evidence of pain. As with diabetes, basic blood work and a urinalysis will help determine whether your pet has cancer.
As each there are many types and stages of cancer, which present differently in various species, treatment options will vary. In these cases, it is wise to consult with your veterinarian on the treatment options available to you. Our doctors are available for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of your pet. For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.
Adopt a Senior Pet
National Adopt a Senior Pet Month runs through the end of November. As part of this celebration, shelters and rescues around the country are encouraging pet lovers to adopt a senior pet, which is considered the most difficult group to place with “furever” families. These animals run a higher risk of euthanasia and often live out their golden years in shelters. But, what families don’t consider is that these pets can be the best addition, as they are usually well-trained and house broken. If you are thinking about adding a new [old] pet to your family, please call us at (516) 825-3066 for assistance.