Alex Fernandes, TNN | Nov 15, 2015, 07.03AM IST
MUMBAI: Sprawled comfortably on the floor of his Dadar home, eight-year-old Bruno, a German Shepherd, shows absolutely no sign of pain as he is given his insulin injection. Once the jab is over, Bruno walks towards his food bowl comprising a slurry of cereal and chunks of lean chicken. In the three years since he was diagnosed with diabetes, he is used to the routine of two insulin jabs a day.
“My Bruno is a very resilient pet. Not once has he yelped while being injected or even during his daily blood tests earlier,” says Bhavana Karve, a homemaker. “Two injections a day, a low-carb diet and daily walks have kept Bruno’s blood sugar in good control.”
Ahead of World Diabetes Day, which is observed on November 14 every year, veterinarians say the trend of pets being diagnosed with diabetes is on the rise. Dr Rina Dev, a veterinarian from Bandra, who has trained in bird medicine from New Zealand, says the incidence of animals with diabetes has seen a spurt over the last three years or so. “But one cannot say conclusively that this is a new trend. It’s just that today we have better means of diagnosis. Besides dogs and cats, many birds especially the smaller variety are getting diabetes.” The symptoms of the ailment in animals are quite like those in humans—excessive thirst, frequent urination, wounds taking long to heal, say doctors. Often the symptom of drinking too much of water is mistaken to be a “healthy” sign, says Dr Dev, adding owners are mostly shocked to learn that their pet has diabetes…. [Read the full article]