by A. Grano on July 5th, 2011 at 7:00 am
Is too much couch time to blame for the upswing in the number of pets diagnosed with diabetes? According to a study in the Veterinary Journal, in cats, the disease is in fact linked to obesity, but in canines, the connection is not well-established.
Similar to humans, animals have difficulty regulating their own blood sugar due to insufficient insulin production, the hormone responsible for lowering blood glucose. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to serious health conditions such as blindness, muscle weakness, malnutrition and dehydration and can even lead to coma and death.
Luckily, just like in humans, early detection and proper monitoring has decreased the number of pet fatalities for both cats and dogs.
Symptoms of diabetes
- Excessive thirst and increased water consumption
- Increased urination
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Marked increase or decrease in appetite
- Weakness of the rear legs
- General lethargy
- Poor condition of the skin and coat
- Increased susceptibility to bacterial infection
- Decrease in vision
- Liver disease
Natural help for diabetes
A healthy diet is an essential part of managing your pet’s diabetes. Dogs are often best suited with a low-fat, moderate-carb, and high-fiber diet, while cats are best with a low-carbohydrate diet, which reduces the amount of insulin needed to keep blood-sugar levels stable. Regular exercise is also very important for your diabetic pet.
Take your diabetic pet for regular check-ups and monitor his or her blood sugar closely, as changes in the condition means that treatment may need to be altered.
Natural herbal and homeopathic remedies can be used either alone or combined with conventional treatments to help manage your pet’s diabetes. Chromium picolinate, Goat’s rue, Trigonella foenum have been shown to be highly successful in helping maintain blood-sugar levels while minimizing the risks of insulin resistance.
Bilberry, which promotes eye health, and Astragalus, which boosts vitality and promotes a healthy immune system, both can help counter the symptoms of diabetes.
GlucoEnsure™ Helps keep blood sugar & insulin levels within normal range