Ways to Prevent Diabetes in Pets
Our beloved pets, like ourselves, can develop type one or type two diabetes. While all types of diabetes have similar symptoms, they are caused by different things and require specific treatments. Ultimately, the key difference between the two types of diabetes is whether insulin injections are required as part of treatment or whether you can manage your pet's ailment with a healthy lifestyle.
Here are ways to prevent diabetes in your pets:
A Balanced Diet
The first and most important step is to eat a healthy diet. A well-balanced, high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet will help your pets maintain a steady blood sugar level, which can help them avoid insulin resistance and diabetes. It's just as vital for you to check their food's nutrition labels for yours.
Keep Them Active
It's critical to keep your pets active since exercise helps to regulate blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain. Our pets, like us, require sufficient exercise to burn off the calories they ingest. Every day, try to play with your pets or take them for a walk. Overweight pets are more likely to get diabetes, so it's best to keep your pet's weight in check.
Spray Your Pets
It's essential to spray your pets, especially females because both birth and heat cycles can cause progesterone levels to rise, increasing their chance of getting diabetes. Spraying your pets also has many other benefits.
Take Your Pets to the Vet Regularly
It's critical to see your veterinarian regularly for examinations and blood testing. Cushing's disease and pancreatitis are two conditions that can raise your pet's risk of acquiring diabetes. As a general rule of thumb, you must see your vet once every two months.
Make Fresh Fruits and Vegetables a Part of Your Pet's Diet
Fruits and veggies make terrific snacking or meal additions without adding calories. Natural sugars do not cause blood sugar spikes in fruits and vegetables, so they're completely safe. These nutrients will assist increase the food's fiber level, which can help manage blood sugar variations.
A healthy lifestyle can help alleviate symptoms to the point where a diabetic pet can effectively enjoy a life similar to its peers. It's never too late to start taking care of your pet in a healthy way.
Kings Crossing Animal Hospital is here to treat your pet.
At King’s Crossing Animal Hospital, we strive to provide quality medicine in a caring family environment to nurture the bond you share with your furry friend. As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we uphold the highest standards of veterinary care to ensure your best friend is happy and healthy by your side for many years to come.
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