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Signs Of Diabetes In Pets

November 15, 2021

November is designated as Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a very dangerous disease, affecting both people and pets. It’s of course crucial that you bring your furry pal to the vet every year for panels and screenings. However, it’s also good for you to know what signs to look for. Below, a local vet lists some of the more common signs of diabetes.

Increased Water Consumption

Pets that have diabetic are often continually thirsty. You might notice Fido or Fluffy drinking out of the toilet bowl, or draining their bowl quickly. (Diabetic cats may try to stick their noses into your water glass, but that isn’t really much to go on in and of itself, since perfectly healthy kitties do this too.)

Frequent Urination

As you might expect, increased water intake leads to frequent urination. Fluffy may not make it to her litterbox, while your dog may have accidents in the house.

Disappearing Food

Does your four-legged friend still act like they are starving after scarfing down their food the moment you feed them? Does Fluffy have a meltdown whenever she spots the bottom of her food bowl? Diabetes may be to blame.

Weight Loss

Even if they are eating enough to account for a whole other pet, diabetic pets often lose weight. It’s a good idea to monitor their body weight by weighing your furry buddy regularly.

Poor Coat

A diabetic pet’s pretty fur will also pay a toll. Your four-legged friend may look dull, dry, or greasy. Fluffy may stop grooming herself. This will make her fur look even more unkempt.


We know, some of our patients are just couch potatoes by nature. But if your pet appears to be sleeping more than usual, speak with your veterinarian.

Recurring Infections

Infections that won’t heal properly are another marker to look for. This includes UTIs, skin problems, and others.

Clouded Eyes

Unlike the other things we’ve mentioned, this one is unique since it only applies to dogs. However, it is something to watch for with Fido.


When you notice any of these warning signs, or any out-of-the-ordinary behavior, contact your vet immediately. The sooner the issue is caught and treated, the better!

Do you know or suspect that your pet may have diabetes? Contact us, your local animal clinic in Waterdown, ON! today! We are dedicated to offering great care!

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