Pets can get diabetes too_ _ wrbl

FORTSON/CATAULA, Ga. – Many pet owners are unaware that pets can develop diabetes. It’s more common than you might think, affecting over 1.4 million pets in the U. S. Some dogs are more predisposed than others, but for cat owners, getting your pet’s weight under control can significantly reduce the risk of diabetes.

“The biggest thing is especially with cats, if you keep them at a reasonable weight, it dramatically decreases

their chance of getting diabetes,” said Dr. Anna Graves, a Veterinarian at Cataula Veterinary Hospital.

Russell and Cathi Dinkins of Fortson say their cat Bumpers was diagnosed in October. Initially, the treatment regimen is tough.

“They want you to do this about every 12 hours to give them the shots so you have to go to the doctor’s office actually once a week to monitor the glucose levels because they start you off on a low dosage and bump up a little bit,” said Cathi Dinkins.

Symptoms include excessive thirst, urination, and weight loss despite an increase in eating.

November is National Diabetes Month for pets. Any dog could develop diabetes but the following breeds are at a higher risk:

Cocker Spaniels


Doberman Pinschers

German Shepherds

Golden Retrievers

Labrador Retrievers



Toy Poodles

In cats, the biggest risk factor is obesity. Some other factors include genetics, hyperthyroidism and lack of exercise.