Did you know that dogs and cats can have diabetes too? Canine and feline diabetes is actually a common medical issue that many pets and pet owners face today. While you cannot cure diabetes, you can better manage your pet diabetes by recognizing early signs and ensuring that you are monitoring your pet’s blood glucose at home (AAHA, 2018).
According to the Diabetes Guideline by the American Animal Hospital Association, clinical signs of diabetes will appear when the blood glucose concentration exceeds approximately 200 mg/dL in dogs and 250-300 mg/dL in cats.
Monitoring your pet’s blood glucose levels is an essential part of controlling diabetes and preventing further health risks. Your goal should be to regulate your pet’s blood glucose levels below the threshold (200 mg/dL in dogs and 250–300 mg/dL in cats).
For ongoing home monitoring, you can log your pet’s food, water intake, appetite, and insulin doses daily. You should also be in contact with your veterinarian if any signs of abnormally high blood glucose or low blood glucose are spotted.
– Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats (2018) AAHA. (n.d.). Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/diabetes-management/diabetes-management-home/