Pet Diabetes is common and easily missed! Has your pet got "Hidden Diabetes"?
We’re out to raise awareness of this surprisingly common condition in cats and dogs.
Is your dog or cat excessively thirsty or do they need to urinate more than normal? Is your pet increasingly lethargic or losing weight, despite a healthy appetite? Then he or she may indeed be suffering from diabetes mellitus.
Pop over to the Pet Diabetes Month website to take a more detailed questionnaire and see just how much your pet is at risk. If you suspect your pet may be at increased risk, then book an appointment with us at the earliest opportunity. Fortunately, diabetes can be easily diagnosed with a simple urine and/or blood test.
Which pets are most at risk?
Middle aged to older dogs are more prone to developing the condition and un-spayed bitches are most commonly affected. However certain dog breeds such as Labradors, Springer Spaniels, Golden Retrievers and Old English Sheepdogs are at an increased risk.
In cats, all ages and sexes can be affected. However older cats and neutered males are particularly susceptible and it has been reported that diabetes is particularly prevalent in the Burmese breed.
What’s the treatment?
If your pet does have diabetes then help is at hand. As well as a consistent and carefully controlled diet, regular injections of insulin need to be administered (once or twice daily) to help control the condition. In cats, up to a third of insulin-treated diabetic cases may go into remission and may therefore come off treatment altogether. Although this is unusual in dogs, a good quality of life can be restored for the majority of diabetic pets given insulin treatment and appropriate care. Early diagnosis, however, is key.
How to contact us
Shipston Veterinary Centre Ltd
24 West Street
Shipston-on-Stour CV36 4HD
Our consultation times:
8.40 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday
4.30 p.m. - 5.45 p.m. Monday to Friday
Times are variable.
From February 2019, we are offering morning appointments between 9.30 and 10.30 a.m. for a trial period (weekdays except Tuesday)
All consultations at both surgeries are by appointment only
Please note that in emergency out of hours, the same number should be dialled. Listen to the message, then dial 7 to be put through to the Emergency Vet.
News May 2019
Have you forgotten to protect one of your family? Are your dogs and cats protected?
We are running amnesties for pets who have lapsed in their essential vaccination cover which allows you to restart at half price.
The dogs amnesty will run in May 2019 and the cats in June 2019.
From March 2019, we are starting to run Wellness Clinics with nursing staff at our Shipston site for Cats and Dogs over 8. These are to check for hidden problems in older patients. Finding problems early is the key to health in old age.
We are delighted to welcome Corina to join our practice as Veterinary Assistant. Corina has moved from Romania and already speaks english very well. She is a caring and conscientious vet who is enjoying working with our friendly team!
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