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Diabetes

Definition

A disease characterized by a decreased tolerance to carbohydrates (sugars), due to deficiency of insulinInsulin is a hormone secreted by special cells in the pancreas, which is responsible for the proper metabolism of all body tissues. Without proper insulin levels, serious changes occur within the body that leads to coma and death.  It is a common problem in both cats and dogs. 

Symptoms

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Excessive hunger
  • Lethargy

Diagnoses

Although the exact cause of Diabetes Mellitus is not known, several factors are known to be involved including genetics, diet, obesity, age, and complications from injury and illness.

Treatment

Despite extensive research (especially in the field of human medicine), there is no known cure.  Therefore, once it has been diagnosed, all medical attempts are to control the disease.  This involves daily administration of insulin for the remainder of the pet’s life. The oral form of insulin is not effective in animals. Once properly regulated, the majority of diabetic pets can maintain normal lives. Home care involves daily administration of insulin and feeding a well-regulated high quality diet. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate commercial food (preferably canned food) should be fed at a constant time and quantity level. The amount of food ingested will affect the amount of insulin required.

During the first few weeks of treatment, several consultations and tests are necessary to properly regulate the patient to insulin therapy. Changes in insulin dosage, frequency of injection, diet, or exercise may be required

Prevention

Type 1 Diabetes can not be prevented. Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by overeating. It is important to keep your pets at a healthy weight. Proper diet and exercise are critical parts to managing your pets diabetes.

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Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N. Mesa El Paso, TX 79912

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Tuesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am 6:00 pm
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Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

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Tuesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Wednesday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 9807 Dyer
Thursday 9am- 5pm 5500 N Desert Blvd
Friday 8am- 4pm Pets Barn 11100 Sean Haggerty
Saturday 9:30am- 4pm Pets Barn 1790 Zaragoza
Sunday Closed Closed

Mesa Veterinary Clinic

5355 N Mesa El Paso TX, 79912

Day Open Close
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
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Paws N' Hooves Mobile Veterinary Services

Day Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Hours 8am- 4pm 8am- 4pm 9am- 5pm 8am- 4pm 9:30am- 4pm
Location

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

9807 Dyer

Pets Barn

5500 N Desert Blvd.

Pets Barn

11100 Sean Haggerty

Pets Barn 

1790 Zaragoza

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