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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?


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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Social media and the animal shelter


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Pet abandonment. Abuse. Neglect.

These scenarios are sadly familiar to animal shelters, which are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of mistreated animals they take in,almost on a daily basis.

Unsurprisingly, they are constantly looking for new ways to spread the message to assist our furry friends in finding new homes.

Social media is, in these times, a must-use form of outreach and communication. Most people the world over are wired to cellphones and Internet accounts.

Exploited,this social tool can assist animal shelters in moving forward with what has to be their ultimate goal-to get as many of these abandoned animals adopted as quickly as possible.

With limited resources,shelters can certainly use more publicity than they are generating. Social media can be the assistant which can give them a little boost.

Why animal shelters should consider using social media

If those who currently run animal shelters are unconvinced that they should be ip using social media, these reasons should be enough to convince them otherwise.

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1. Social media is being used more and more each day, with 18% of time on the Internet on social media sites. The potential for outreach is great.

2. There is also better opportunity for communication with volunteers.

3. Advertising a shelter is relatively inexpensive. it does not cost much to tweet, post or even set up Facebook Pages.

4. It allows the integration of Ecommerce which wil reap financial benefits for shelters.

5. It helps the shelter decide on creative forms of outreach, such as online sales or article writing contests to help pets.

How animal shelters can exploit social media

Animal shelters can exploit social media in a variety of ways. The more creative they are with different forms of outreach, the more successful they will be in getting animals adopted.

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An abandoned Corgi at the Urban Pooch, a pet cafe in Singapore.

1. Pet lovers may have online groups based on other interests. The love of pets is generic and cuts across many lines. Even a musician who is also a pet lover can be reached out to if the cause for animal shelters is promoted on his fan page or if he writes a song on the importance of animal welfare. Linking up with groups of varying interests via social media will serve the interests of animal shelters well

2.Join a range of social media sites. Set up a blog for your cause, which will automatically generate a web link. Use link shorteners like bitly.com, which can shorten links for micro blogging sites like Twitter, which only allow posts up to 144 characters. Of course, this would hugely benefit other sites as well. Set up pages or chats via Facebook or Twitter, dedicated solely to the shelter or pet rescue as places for an out reach or gathering of volunteers and interested parties.

3.Use social media managers like Hootsuite, Do Share for Google or Buffer which will enable posting to several groups via social media. That greatly increases outreach.

Social media can be an effective tool-animal shelters should not overlook a tremendous sourcefor outreach that will help their pets.

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Speaking out against animal abuse



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Silky, a cat at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to animals in Singapore.

“Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well with others.”
? César Chávez

The civil and animal rights founder of the National Farm Workers Association (United Farm Worker’s Union) was right on the button in explaining what our attitudes towards all life should be.

Non-violence, rightly put, applies to animals as well.

For various reasons, our furry friends are often the subject of abandonment and in an even more tragic scenario, abuse. While this is not by any means a positive scenario, the issue does need to be reiterated.

To take positive steps forward, we need to acknowledge the problem that animals are being mistreated. Only then will we be in a better position to provide them the help they need.

Why people abuse animals

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A cat looking out of its cage at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Singapore.


Animals are mistreated for any number of reasons, all of them very much less than excusable. The psyche of those responsible requires much guidance, counselling and help.

The desire for power

Some among us have an insatiable desire for power, and in many cases, the one way they are able to exercise it is over an animal. Not being able to channel the need for control elsewhere, they do so towards animals. Sadly, that need for superiority is channeled physically.

Prejudice against specific breeds

Certain people have prejudices against specific breeds or animals and abuse them out of their sheer hatred. They believe, for example, that Rottweilers are violent, aggressive and that the best defence is offence against them.

Uncontrolled violent tendencies

Some animal abusers abuse because they have violent tendencies, and are simply prone to being abusive. These tendencies could be a result of them having experience violence before in their lives.

Ways animals are abused


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Animals are abused in a variety of ways and it is helpful to take the relevant action of any of these forms of abuse are noticed.

Physical abuse

Hitting or kicking an animal will constitute this kind of abuse. Some have taken to the extreme forms of setting an animal on fire or dragging it across the road.

Unintentional abuse

Leaving a dog or cat in a car on a hot day under the hot sun will constitute this type of abuse. More often than not, owners do not realize that they are actually abusing the animal through sheer lack of awareness.


Conveniently forgetting to feed a pet and saying “i’ll do it later” falls under this category of abuse.
Neglecting to groom it regularly and check it for fleas is less serious, but also forms under this category of neglect.

Giving abused animals a hand


A sheltie at the society of prevention of cruelty to animals.

Pet lovers everywhere can do their part to help animals which are mistreated, from little donation drives to standing up to the abuser when the abuse is spotted. Every little bit can and will help.

Donations to shelters

Many animals are mistreated and later abandoned at shelters, which will always require funds to manage. Regular donations to shelters will help ease the burden they have of caring for the many less than fortunate animals that come through their doors.


Making little toys and donating the proceeds of the sales to these shelters can help to ease their burdens as well.

Learn the laws about animals.

Contact local agencies or the police if you suspect an abuser, and familiarize yourself with the laws against animal abuse. It gives one more leverage when confronting anyone about suspected animal abuse. Be prepared to appear in court should the abuser is caught so as to bring him to justice.

Seek help from specialists in animal abuse litigation whenever possible.

Educate the owner.

Explain to someone who keeps an animal chained outside the home that it is better to keep the animal indoors as it will become better adjusted. If the animal is not house trained, raise awareness that it is possible to keep the dog in a puppy proof area.

Offer to help the dog in other ways.

If the dog’s owner is not receptive to suggestions, there are ways to help the dog. Tactfully offer to take the dog for walks, or board it for a few days at a time.

If you notice the dog being chained outside, watch for signs of dehydration. If the owner is not amenable to taking the dog inside. offer to board it or offer to build it a warm, durable, dog house

Visit the dog regularly and subtly offer whatever help you can.

Get help from the SPCA.

If you suspect an abuser, notify the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A representative might be able to persuade the owner to take better care of the animal.

Gather evidence

If you can see that the animal is obviously being abused, gather evidence before any of the above authorities are notified. Do not try to confront the abuser openly because such a person will, at best, not be amenable and at worst, be abusive towards you.

Animal abuse is certainly a situation of much gravity. We are all able, in big and small ways, to raise awareness about this issue and give animals a hand.

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