Learning About Feline Diabetes

Learning that your best buddy has feline diabetes is a shock. You’re probably feeling scared and overwhelmed. “Why did this happen? Could I have done something to prevent it?” These questions and others are probably going through your mind right now. Try not to dwell on these things. It’s normal to feel this way, but your kitty is best served by you learning as much as you can about this disease and finding the best way to take care of him.

Facts About Feline Diabetes

This condition isn’t necessarily a death sentence for your kitty. There is no cure for cat diabetes, but it’s treatable. If you’re committed to providing him with the proper care, you and he can still spend many happy years together.

You may be wondering if it would be better to have your older kitty put to sleep. This is a hard decision that only you can make. A lot depends on how healthy he is. If he already has medical problems that compromise his health, this may be your best option. But with proper care, many older furballs have lived for years with this condition.

What causes this disease? During the process of digestion, the starches and carbohydrates in the food your kitty eats are broken down into glucose, a simple sugar. This sugar passes through the walls of his intestines and into his blood.

Your kitty’s pancreas manufactures insulin, a hormone that keeps too much sugar from building up in his blood. But maybe his pancreas has stopped producing it (type 1 diabetes), or his body has stopped using it efficiently (type 2 diabetes). In this case, glucose levels in his blood get too high. These high sugar levels cause liver and kidney disease, nerve damage, and gastrointestinal problems. He’ll become more likely to get infections, too. And if the sugar levels get too high, he could go into a coma and die.

What Are The Symptoms Of Feline Diabetes?

Classic symptoms are excessive thirst (polydispsia), and excessive urination (polyuria). Your kitty’s body is trying to get the extra sugar out of his body by making him very thirsty so he’ll drink more water. The extra water flushes the sugar into his urine. Of course, when he’s drinking a lot, he’ll also urinate a lot more, too. And when the vet checks your buddy’s urine, it will show high sugar levels.

Your furry friend may be lethargic and lose interest in doing things. He can lose weight even though his appetite has increased. This is because his body is breaking down the protein in his muscles for energy.

In some kitties, the first symptom is diabetic neuropathy, which is a weakness in his legs. You may notice him walking on his wrists on his front legs or his hocks (the “elbows”) in the back. Or he may need to lay down several times during a short walk. In extreme cases, his back legs may not support him at all. This condition is caused by nerve damage resulting from high blood sugar levels.

If your kitty is overweight, he’s at a much higher risk of developing this disease, especially if he’s an older male. Fat cells, whether you’re a kitty or a human, produce a substance that causes the body’s cells to stop using insulin. This is called insulin resistance, and it’s common in type 2 diabetes. Putting your kitty friend on a healthy diet and controlling his weight is the best way to prevent this disease, and will help control it if it’s already developed.

Things To Think About

Although there is no cure, there are many treatment choices. It can be frustrating when your cat doesn’t respond as well to a certain treatment as another kitty might. Some furballs need daily injections, while other do well when they are fed a healthy diet. Many will improve as their weight drops.

You may want to research natural remedies for balancing your kitty’s blood glucose levels. GlucoBalance is a blend of herbs specially formulated for kitties with feline diabetes. More than one owner has been able to reduce or eliminate insulin injections by the regular use of GlucoBalance, along with dietary improvements and regular exercise. Always talk to your vet before you make any changes to your kitty’s treatment.

It’s important for you and your vet to be able to work together. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions, and you should be getting answers you can understand. Clear communication between your vet and you is essential.

If you go out of town for a few days, you’ll need to plan ahead. You just can’t leave your kitty a bowl of food and a dish of water like you used to. You’ll need to line up somebody you can trust who is able to check your furball’s blood sugar and give insulin shots if necessary. This person will need to feed your kitty properly, too. Your neighbor’s kid may not be the right person for this. It may be necessary to board your buddy at your vet’s office if you can’t find a responsible helper.

Prevent Fleas

Whether for your own comfort, of for that of your pets, there’s little more important than flea control. Dogs often develop allergies to fleas, which can drive them almost mad, as they attempt their own flea control. Dogs, however, are not responsible for controlling fleas. Dogs cannot go to the vet, and buy a product to get rid of fleas. That’s your job as a dog owner. And here’s how you should tackle the problem.

* Don’t wait until you have a problem, and you struggle to find effective flea control. Dogs will almost always indicate when there’s a problem. Biting, scratching, and shaking his head? Chances are he’s got fleas.

* As with many things, prevention is better than cure when you plan on flea control. Dogs may pick them up on a walk, at the grooming parlor, from the sand, or even from other pets like cats. Using a dip, spray or spot-on treatment regularly, before the fleas arrive, will make a big difference!

* If you find there is a problem, and you need to control fleas quickly, dogs’ shampoos are often the best place to start. Most have built-in insecticide, and repellent and even just the immersion in water will dislodge some of the fleas. Make bath time a regular part of keeping the fleas under control. Dogs might not like water, but they like fleas less!

* Once your dog is clean, that’s not the end of flea control! Dogs bedding can harbor all sorts of nasty little parasites, fleas being the most common. To make sure you have covered the basics of how to control fleas, dogs beds need to be washed, preferably in hot water, or with an insecticide. Thereafter, you can treat periodically with flea powder or spray in between washes.

* If your dog lives in your house, you’re not done yet with controlling fleas. Dogs that live indoors will have transferred their fleas to carpets, couches, beds and even curtains. You’ll need to find a product with which to treat your home, and vacuum regularly.

* Last, but not least, a flea collar offers good passive flea control. Dogs with collars should still be bathed, and dosed with sprays, powders and so on regularly, but the insecticide on the collar should mean your furry friend is flea free a little longer between each major flea control exercise.

Of course, this does not apply only to dogs – if you have other pets in your house, such as cats, you will need to make sure you follow a similar regime on them since the fleas from one are likely to just move between them at will!

Kittens and puppies, because of their smaller size, require a lower dose than adult animals. Young animals may also require treatment with insecticides of lower toxicity than adult animals. Pregnant or nursing animals may be sensitive to certain insecticides.

All but the growth regulators kill flea larvae on contact. Insect growth regulators prevent flea larvae from developing to the adult stage. Growth regulators may also inhibit egg hatching. A good flea larval control program will incorporate sanitation, contact insecticides and growth regulators for good results.

Flea management requires patience, time and careful planning. Vacuuming and cleaning areas frequented by dogs and cats should be routine. The same applies to kennels. If an infestation occurs, insecticide applications on the animals or in the environment may have to be repeated according to the label. The need for retreatment and time intervals between insecticide treatments will vary with the kind of insecticide and the formulation.

Flea control will not be successful if only one approach is used. The animal and its environment must be treated simultaneously, and that treatment must be combined with regular sanitation efforts. Read all product labels carefully. Do not overexpose your pet by combining too many treatments at one time, such as a collar, a shampoo, and a dust. Pesticides have a cumulative effect. Be aware of each product’s toxicity and do not endanger yourself or the animal by using excessive amounts of any one product or by combining products.

When it comes to effective flea control, dogs and humans alike will benefit from your active and vigilant attention, since these pesky little parasites can get completely out of control very quickly. Better to keep a hand on flea control now than to have to call in a professional if your flea problem gets completely out of hand!

PETS – Friendly and Wonderful Additions in the Home

Pet are known to be adorable companions within the home. The choice of pet(s) in any home is majorly down to the fondness people have for the pet in their possession- moreover, no one would want to live with a creature he does not like, anyway. Among the most common ones are dogs and cats. These ‘little ones’ have, in some cases, shown themselves to be man’s best friend(s) and this friendship is not just in words alone- but also indeed.

We have, at some point in the past, heard or read about the heroics of some dogs that act as ‘protector’ of the owners and their family. Coupled with this, there have been cases where these pets get so emotionally drawn to their owners and have sometimes brought the attention of a world- which is falling in love- to a love story that seems unbreakable. There’s a whole lot to learn from these little creatures.

And before you start thinking that only creatures in the mode of cats and dogs qualify as pets; you have got to see how some persons keep animals generally considered as ‘wild’ or ‘monstrous’ as pets- remember all you need to have a particular type of pet is fondness. So, you can be fond of a tiger or better still, a lion; moreover, elephants are greatly adored in India.

Dogs as pets

Man’s best friends as they are widely regarded, are known to be very loyal kind of creature that give so much more than being a mere pet. Hostile to a stranger but friendly to its charmer, dogs are affectionate pets to have in- and around- the home. Plus, their playfulness makes them creatures that add some colors to life. Again, studies have shown that dogs make their owners healthier, happier and even richer. So, why shouldn’t you care for a Chihuahua or maybe a German Shepherd?

Cats as pets

Cats which could qualify as the ‘celebrity pets’, I will like to term them, are the most populous pet population in the U.S. And with the fluffy nature of their fur leaving one with something to fondle; one can be assured of having a gentle friend to play with around. In fact, there are a couple of cat caf├ęs in Japan where customers go in to eat and also play with cats.

Fish as a pet

Maybe all you need around your home is an aquatic splendor than having a goldfish in an aquarium should ensure that urge is well satisfied. Fish might not appear as a physical companion as the dogs and cats but still, add color in some unique ways. Besides, keeping a fish as a pet is much easier- and probably economical- than any other pet.

Birds as pets

The chirping sounds you seldom hear from the forest could be appealing to you. With this in mind, you might want to settle for a cockatiel or a macaw or a parrotFriendly in order to recreate the harmonious interplay of the silence of your immediate environment and your pet friend. Birds are indeed yet another wonderful set of pets to have within your property.

Pets have most certainly become a part of man’s family and for this sole reason, so many resources are usually expended for their well-being- from feeds to veterinary care given to them. And considering the closeness and the role these ‘little ones’ occasionally play in the home, I believe these spendings are really justified…Besides, what can you not do for a friend that sticks sometimes better than a friend?