* November is Pet Diabetes Awareness Month – Mesquite Citizen Journal

Source: mesquitecitizen.com

Posting Date: 11/11/2013

By Joanne Migliozzi

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness month: It was designated to help create more awareness of this disease that can significantly impact the health of companion animals.

If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.

Diabetes is a relatively common disease in which the body doesn’t use glucose properly. If left untreated, diabetes is life-threatening. It is manageable and if detected early enough, pets with diabetes can live a normal life when treated and medicated properly. In some cases with cats, diabetes can actually be reversed.

Signs and symptoms of diabetes that owners should be aware of include the following:

• Increase in water consumption

• Increase in urination

• Increase in appetite

• Weight loss

• Cataracts may be present if diabetes has been existent for a longer period of time

Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.

Treatment

Even if your animal develops diabetes, if you work with your veterinarian and follow his or her recommendations closely, your animal can have a good quality of life. Diet will be the first thing your veterinarian will consider, especially if your pet is a cat. Besides diet, there have been improvements in the types of insulin and the types of monitoring tests available to your veterinarian.

Prevention

Although obesity is clearly linked to the development of diabetes, not every pet who develops diabetes is fat and not every obese pet will develop diabetes. Nonetheless, diabetes is almost always a preventable disease if your pet maintains a normal weight.

Featured Dogs-

Calvin by name, spunky by nature! This very friendly boy certainly knows how to work the room with that big grin. He’s obedient and knows the sit command but would also love you to teach him some new tricks. Calvin loves companionship and would be a great dog for a loving family willing to spend the time making him a part of their life. He does well walking on a leash. He is a very social dog that needs love from you, walks to go on, a place to run, toys to play with, and tricks to learn. He knows some basic stuff like sit but wants to impress you! 1-2 years old.

Jedi was just groomed and loves his new look. His tail wags his entire body. You can tell how happy he is to be with you because of his continual wiggle and waggle. He is a gentle guy with some maturity which makes me wise and completely knowledgeable about how to be very good. He couldn’t be more excited about being someone’s new furry friend. He has been looking for someone to spend time with and hangout ! He adores being with people. He am more than just a pretty face; he has beauty radiating from inside. There are lots of dogs out there but he is one of a kind. 3-4 years old

Featured Cats- None at time of article submission but keep checking the shelters Petfinder website. We will soon be posting some lovely adult cats in all colors and sizes for you to see. We have some new cats that will amaze you with their looks and size.

Available dogs-

Piper Male 1year old wire hair terrier blend white Shy but full of energy and love

Casper Male 1year terrier/chi blend white/tan Lots of energy

Daisy Female 2-3 years pit terrier black What a lovely gentle girl

Jeter Male 1 year Dane/boxer brindle coloration. Friendly and playful

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.

The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder web site for more details on the animals available at the shelter www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com

via Mesquite Nevada Number One Online News Source Mesquite Citizen Journal.

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