Diabetes is a very common disease among dogs and cats, though more common in older pets younger pets can also be at risk.

Cats that are diagnosed with Feline Diabetes typically have a normal life expectancy – as long as they are maintained on a special diet, a healthy lifestyle, and have their glucose checked as directed by the veterinarian.

Diabetic dogs face a much shorter life expectancy. Managing the disease, checking for the glucose regularly, and the dog does not develop any other health complications – they can live as long as dogs without diabetes.

Early detection is possible and is more manageable with proper monitoring, treatments, diet, and exercise. Explore the list of signs to look out for below.

Clinical Signs of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats Include:

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Excessive Urination
  • Inappropriate Urination
  • Weight Loss (most commonly over the back) despite an overweight body condition
  • Increase “whiteness” of the lens of the eye due to cataracts
  • Increased Hunger
  • Blindness
  • Weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Poor skin condition (like excessive dandruff or an oily hair coat)