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Diabetes Mellitus Type II

Diabetes Mellitus Type II (affecting both, cats and dogs) is a disorder that affects the body’s ability to create enough insulin to appropriately regulate blood sugar levels, or the body’s ability to respond properly to normal levels of insulin. The resulting high blood sugar taxes the body, causing frequent infections.


Dogs & cats diabetic neuropathy symptoms can include increased thirst and appetite, increased urination, sudden weight loss, frequent and recurring infections, lethargy and even blindness.

Complications of Diabetes in Dogs & Cats

For Cats, long–term complications associated with diabetes to be aware of (in no particular order) are:

  1. Diabetic neuropathy in cats
  2. Frequent (recurring) infections
  3. Gastrointestinal disorders
  4. Hepatic lipidosis
  5. Pancreatitis

For Dogs, it is important to know the complications that can arise from diabetes; in no particular order, they are:

  1. Cataracts
  2. Diabetic neuropathy in dogs
  3. Glaucoma
  4. Urinary (and other recurring) infections

Breed Specific (Dogs)

Dog breeds more susceptible to Diabetes Mellitus Type II are the Alaskan Malamute, Australian Kelpie, Australian Terrier, Bichon Frise, Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Dachshund, Doberman Pinscher, English Springer Spaniel, English Toy Spaniel, Finnish Spitz, Flat-Coated Retriever, Fox Terrier, Golden Retriever, Keeshond, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Schnauzer, Old English Sheepdog, Poodle (particularly, Miniature and Toy Poodle), Pug, Samoyed, Schipperke Terrier, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Terrier, West Highland White Terrier and Yorkshire Terrier.

Common Treatment Protocol

Your pet will most likely require one or two daily injections of insulin to control their blood glucose. You will need to administer these injections while working with your vet to get the dosage set properly.

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