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Description: Diabetes mellitus is a fairly common disease in dogs and cats. Any breed can be affected, but your dog or cat has an above average incidence. Dogs and cats with diabetes are unable to regulate the metabolism of sugars and require daily insulin injections. It is a serious condition and one that is important to diagnose and treat as early as possible. 

What to Watch For: Signs include increased eating, drinking, and urination, along with weight loss.

Diagnosis: If she shows signs, your veterinarian can conduct lab tests to determine whether she has this condition and discuss treatment options with you. 

Treatment: Requires a serious commitment of time and resources. Well-regulated diabetic dogs and cats have the same life expectancy as other canines and felines. Treatment includes one or two insulin injections per day. If not treated, your pet may have organ failure, urinary tract infections, hormone disturbances, and weight loss. Exercise is also beneficial for animals with diabetes.

Breeds prone to Diabetes include: