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Diabetes Management: Causes, Signs and Tips to Help Your Pet Cope With The Condition

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It’s hard to hear the news that your pet has diabetes.

The harsh truth is that dogs and cats develop diabetes just as people do.

You’ll have a few burning questions in your mind. What caused this debilitating illness in your pet? How do you know that your pet has it, and more importantly, how do you control it?

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Pets with diabetes can life a normal life.

Causes of Diabetes In Pets

Diabetes is frustrating, but will not inconvenience your dog or cat if you manage it. The first step to doing this is to understand its causes.

Obesity is a top trigger of diabetes. A pet which is overweight tends to have problems processing insulin.

Pets may also develop this illness if they are couch potatoes. If your pet does not walk or jog regularly, it’s likely to have problems processing Insulin later in life.

Also, studies show that diabetes in pets has links with autoimmune diseases. Pets with Lupus, Dry Eye, and Addison’s disease are likely to have it.

Signs that your pet Could Have Diabetes

How would you know that your cat or dog has diabetes? It would display the following signs.

1. Increased urination

First of all, your pet will start urinating more than usual because its blood sugar levels are high. They become so significant that the sugar deposits show themselves in your pets’ urine.

2. Weight Loss

Your pet will become thinner not because it eats less, but because the cells in its body don’t use the energy from the nutrients efficiently. It experiences weight loss though it takes in more calories.

3. Lack of energy.

The lack of nutrition will also make it tired. The fatigue happens because the body requires blood sugar.

4. Vision Problems

Pets with diabetes frequently develop vision problems as well. Improper processing of sugar heightens the chance of cataracts.

5. Weakness in the rear limbs

Also, your pet’s back legs may become weak. It may develop what’s known as the ‘plantigrade stance.’ Your pet will drop on its hind legs and walk on its back ankles.

6′ Urinary tract infections

UTIs are another common feature of this condition. They’re likely to happen as sugar in the blood builds up.

7. Kidney Failure

Finally, your pet may develop renal failure. Its kidneys can’t process sugar, so any excess will spill over into the kidneys and damage them.

Tips to manage a pet with diabetes

Diabetes is a tricky condition which requires careful and consistent management. Here are some strategies to make the task easier.

First of all, monitor your pet’s condition regularly. Doing this will help you note dangerous spikes and drops in blood sugar.

Make sure that your pet gets its regular insulin medication. There are insulin products specially made for pets. Get your vet’s advice on what these are.

Also, make sure that you feed your pet a proper diet. It should eat foods that minimize blood sugar fluctuations.

Another thing you can do to help your pet cope with this malady is to make sure that it exercises. Dogs are natural runners, while cats are star climbers. Doing either will help these animals stay in tip-top shape.

Finally, make sure that your pet gets its routine checks. This condition affects pets differently over time, so visiting your vet when it is time for a checkup will help your pet get used to prodding and poking.

If your pet has diabetes, take heart. A little common sense management will help it stay in good health.



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Protecting our pets in hazy conditions

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Cloudy attempting haze defense, bed 101

Cloudy attempting haze defense, bed 101

 

As a Singaporean listening to the radio the other day, This article was borne out of compulsion.This offering from one of Singapore’s radio deejays:
“I was on the road the other day and saw a mn walking his dog. He had on a face mask to protect himself from the toxins that come with the haze covering the country now. His dog wa not so lucky. Hi s nose touched the ground, totally unprotected.”
I empathized immediately with his point.
Singapore has been enveloped in the yearly haze that comes about because of the forest fires that are a result of the illegal slash and burn of the forests in Indonesia by recalcitrant logging companies. This inconsiderate logging on the part of these institutions has brought about hazardous ramifications for, not only the people of Indonesia but those of neighboring countries as well.

The Pollutant Standards Index, which measures air quality, hit a hazardous 400 and I was at home with a mask on. Cloudy, my West Highland and Misty, my elderly schnauzer were confined to an air conditioned room to ptevent smoke inhalation.

Yes, our fury companions are victims too. It is noted that birds are more at risk as they fly at higher altitudes with thinner air.
When pets in Singapore are brought out in these smoggy conditions, protection for them is often forgotten. This could largely be due to the fact that awareness and knowledge of how to properly defend pets in such trying situations can be limited.
Just how can we give our pets needed protection during this time? And which dog breeds are more at risk?

A little languid as a result of the haze.

A little languid as a result of the haze.

 

What threats does hazy weather pose?

A smoggy situation can indeed be threatening. How does it intrude into our lives and the lives of our pets?

Vets here noted that 2 out of 3 dogs brought into the clinic were there because of haze related illnesses. How exactly does it affect them?

Dust particles irritate the nose

A haze essentially results in dust particles irritating our noses, eyes, skin and throat. Dogs, with a large olfactory organ in their noses, are particularly susceptible to nose irritation.
The situation is compounded because they smell three times as well as we do! Note that dog breeds with shorter snouts are more likely to fall victim to haze related effects.

People and pets with respiratory problems are more prone to haze hazards.

People who have respiratory problems, asthma or a chronic cough are particularly at risk of the haze. The same concern applies, if not more, to our pets

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Children and the elderly are likely to be affected.
Our children and the elderly are prone to the problems of the haze, being weaker in constitution.
So too, are young puppies and senior canines like Misty, who at one point during Singapore’s hazy developments was really languid and had a little trouble breathing.

Pets are likely to suffer from the burning of paws. 

The hot air rising from the ground is likely to raze the paws of dogs and cats walking along pavements and on hot roads.

 

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An even more languid dog being protected from the haze.

Signs that our pets are suffering the effects of the haze

This is not applicable to Singapore’s hazy situation alone. Those living in urban and smoggy conditions might find this information useful too.

How do we know when our pets are suffering the effects of the haze? Here are some signs to look out for.
1) Redness of the gums/pale gums
2) Cough
3) Wheezing or harsh breathing sounds
4) Increased intake of breath, labored breathing
5) Squinting and rubbing of the eyes
6) Discharge from the eyes or nose
7) Collapse or unconsciousness
8) Uncoordinated movements
All these mean that our pets are being affected by the haze.

 

Sleeping is my only protection.

Sleeping is my only protection.

 

What can we do to protect our pets from the haze?

We have in place measures to protect ourselves, and measures can be be put in place to protect our pets.

Take them out for quick walks.

In smoggy or hazy conditions, take our dogs only for quick toilet breaks. It is unadvisable to take them out if the air quality or PSI is above 200.

Use the air conditioner.

It would mean a slightly heavier electricity bill, but would benefit both you and your pet with better circulation of air.
Change water bowls regularly.

Make sure that your pet gets a regular supply of fresh water, as dust particles contribute to dehydration.

Use artificial tears

We use eye drops to flush out irritants that cause annoyance to our eyes. Pet have their own range of drops that can be used as well.

Protect the feet

Walking on hot pavements might raze the paws so it would be good to protect the feet with booties for short walks or make sure to wash them thoroughly later.

Try a home made remedy!

Those who are a littlemoreadventurous can try this on their dogs. Try adding two to three drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil to a basin of water and giving the dog a wipe. Try it on yourself and it might dissolve irritants on the skin.

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Conclusion

In harsher weather, it is imperative that we give ourselves and our fur balls adequate protection. To a less hazy situation!

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