Diabetes is on the rise for pets. It has almost tripled since 1970. Most dogs suffer from Type 1 Diabetes while most people and cats suffer from Type 11 Diabetes.
Three years ago, our dog Ming was diagnosed with diabetes. We had just taken Ming in from a family moving who could no longer keep her. She was 8 years old at the time. We only had Ming for a month when she started to display all the classic signs. Ming was very lethargic, vomiting (a lot), peeing (a lot), had trouble holding it until she went outside ( lots of very sticky accidents), was drinking water like crazy, and losing weight fast. Sure enough, a vet visit confirmed Ming had diabetes.
Pets are really resilient, Ming bounced back quickly with a regulated diet and regular insulin shots and her diabetes is under control.
As a pet owner, I know in order to keep our dog feeling good and in good health, a regular routine is very important. Feeding, insulin shots, and exercise must be regularly scheduled. Adapting to a pet with diabetes, takes some time. It is an adjustment but very manageable. After the intial shock, it all becomes second nature. Although second nature for me, the pet owner, that is not the case when I need to go away and have someone else care for her.
As a pet sitter, I have cared for many diabetic dogs and cats in the Beaver County Area. Our clients are very particular on who cares for their special needs pets, just as I am. Not just anyone should care for the diabetic dog or cat. We have had many clients who had not gone away for years before finding our service because they did not trust anyone to care for their pets and did not want to use a kennel so as not to stress the pet.
Family and friends may not feel comfortable giving insulin shots, or recognize warning signs of high/low blood sugars, or not know what to do when the pet does not eat. The neighbor girl who loves pets might not realize the importance of being there right at 7am and 7pm to feed the pet and give a shot and think it’s ok to come at 9am and 5 pm one day and then 7am and 10 pm the next .
Just remember diabetic dogs need frequent potty breaks and cannot always hold it all day and exercise should be part of their daily routine. If you are working long hours, call us and we would be happy to give your dog some relief and a walk. If you are going away on vacation or for the day, we are here to provide you with peace of mind knowing your diabetic pet is in the best hands and their routine will be closely followed.