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7 tips to help pet owners recognise their pet's diabetes

Published Nov 5, 2019, 1:15 pm IST
Updated Nov 5, 2019, 1:15 pm IST
Read on to find more on the symptoms of pet diabetes.
Some symptoms are similar to humans, and it is difficult to avoid it. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Some symptoms are similar to humans, and it is difficult to avoid it. (Photo: Pixabay)

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, and over 350 million people are affected by it. There is less known cure for the disorder and patients are forced to adapt lifelong management techniques. If left untreated, it can be the precursor to other serious health issues like heart diseases, eye problems, kidney disorders and others. The pets are no stranger to this illness. There is a strong possibility that cats, dogs and other pets can be affected by diabetes. Unlike humans, it might be relatively difficult to manage the disease. The beloved pets require continual treatment to monitor and control their blood sugar levels. Rosie Paul, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, WoofWoofNow, highlights seven tips that would help pet owners to recognise their pet’s diabetes.

Frequent Urination


This condition is known as Polyuria. This occurs due to the problems in renal function. This is one of the primary symptoms of diabetes in pets, also with excessive thirst. This can be monitored by observing their behaviour, especially at night. If the pet urinates more than once during the night, it is time to do the check for diabetes.

Excessive thirst

All animals need a certain amount of water to survive. If the amount is much more than usual, then it is advisable to run a diagnosis. There is a possibility that pets need extra water during specific seasons and after certain activities. However, Polydipsia would mean excessive consumption compared to the normal levels.


Loss of appetite / Excessive hungry

Diabetes affects the standard functioning of the body. The food is not properly converted into energy. This means that there would be changes in the appetite of the pets. This might differ due to various factors. Some animals suffer from appetite loss and do not consume even the basic levels. Sometimes, the pet can also become extremely hungry and demand excess food.


Is your pet suffering from lethargy? Is your active pet suddenly refusing to get up? Is he/she disinterested in playing with their favourite toy? Then it is time to consult a veterinarian if the condition persists. The animals do not have the energy to perform simple tasks due to the lack of energy conversion.



Vomiting is a sign of sickness for the pets. Indeed, it might also be connected with other illness. However, if the pet pukes continually, it could be a symptom of diabetes.


Like humans, pets can feel weakness in their muscles and joints. Owners can recognise it when the pets struggle to do simple tasks. The pets could also lose their muscles and weight if they have diabetes.

Eye problems

Diabetes affects the nervous system of the pets, causing eye damage. Their vision could become blurry, and they would have difficulty in seeing things even close to them. It is prudent to have a yearly eye check-up to be on the safer side.


All diseases in humans and animals can be treated effectively if caught early. The issues become complicated at a later stage, making it highly challenging to manage. Diabetes does not cause death in general. However, it can lead to other health concerns that are quite dangerous. The owners often struggle to maintain their pet condition and sometimes even euthanise their beloved pets to end their suffering.

The diabetic management could be complicated for pets, as they require regular insulin injections in addition to dietary restrictions. The owners must have a thorough understanding of the various pet conditions to aid them to seek timely help. Some symptoms are similar to humans, and it is difficult to avoid it. Consult with your veterinarian or an expert to know more about the subject.


*Disclaimer: Similar symptoms as mentioned above can be for other reasons as well, it’s best to consult a veterinarian all times etc.