With November ushering in National Pet Diabetes Month, there’s no better time to educate yourself about this disorder. This year, the veterinarians at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital in Hawaii invite you to commemorate Pet Diabetes Month with them by learning more about the condition—and helping to spread the word.
National Pet Diabetes Month
National Pet Diabetes Month aims to raise awareness about animal diabetes, while also giving pet owners tools to cope with a pet suffering from diabetes. With lifestyle changes and effective treatment, a diabetic cat has the same expected lifespan as a non-diabetic cat. Likewise, if a diabetic dog’s blood glucose levels are managed and other health problems are kept at bay, then a diabetic dog also has a normal life expectancy.
Get Your Pet Checked
The key to ensuring that diabetes doesn’t impede an animal’s quality of life is catching it early so adequate management is undertaken. Signs of diabetes include lethargy, excessive thirst, and frequent urination. If you notice that your dog’s or cat’s drinking and urination habits have changed—or maybe accidents have suddenly started occurring—then it may be time to visit the pet doctor.
Spread The Word
If you weren’t aware until now that your dog or cat is capable of contracting diabetes, you aren’t alone! This is news to many pet owners. As part of National Pet Diabetes Month, help share this valuable information with others. You can pass on details about pet diabetes via the National Pet Diabetes Month website. This includes resources, FAQ’s, and videos that can be used to educate other pet owners.
Last but not least, any mention of animal illnesses serves as a great reminder that pets—just like people—should get regular health checks. If you’re searching for a certified veterinarian to take care of your cat or dog on Oahu, turn to Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital. These animal care specialists will be happy to help ensure your pet’s health and happiness—they are even open for after-hours emergencies. Visit their website or call the veterinarian’s office at (808) 671-7387 to find out more.