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November News Letter
Happy November. Hopefully the leaves have turned and soon and the weather will be cooling down. This year is flying by. With the changing of the season it is still important for your pets to have a safe and warm place to stay outside. Fresh water and food is always important. This winter is supposed to be pretty bad, so check their food and water several times a day for freezing. I always think of November as the “Thankful Month”, a time to realise all the things that you are thankful for in your life. November is a busy month for other things as well. It is Pet Cancer Awareness, Adopt a Senior Pet, and Pet Diabetes Month, the 1st is Cook For Your Pets Day, the 6th starts Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, the 8th is Election Day, the 11th is Remembrance Day, the 17th is Black Cat Day, and the 24th is Thanksgiving Day. Have a fantastic month and I hope you get to enjoy friends and family this month. Pam
The Old and the New
Last month was about pet adoption. As an addition to that subject, I want to remind everyone that often a new pet, young or old, can bring new life to an older pet in the house. The younger or new pet can also learn from the older pet. It may take a while for them to inter-act with each other, but in the long run, it will benefit both pets. If the youngster or the new pet, gets too rambunctious, the older pet usually sets them straight. Caution must be taken to make sure the new pet doesn't harm the older one or the older one hurt the new one. It is important not to ignore the older pet when the new pet arrives. Try to divide your attention between the two evenly. Most of the time, the older pet will get more playful and seem more youthful, when a new pet comes on the scene.
Diabetes in Pets:
November is pet diabetes month. Diabetes mellitus leads to the inability of the tissue to utilize glucose. The disease occurs from high sugar levels, inadequate delivery of sugar to the tissues and changes in the body metabolism. Type DM I happens when the body does not produce enough insulin, often resulting in the destruction of the cells in the pancreas that normally produce the insulin. This form often requires insulin injections. Type DM II occurs when enough insulin is produced but something interfers with it's ability to be utilized by the body. This type of DM effects only effects approximately, 10% of dogs and 30% of cats Female pets are 2-4 times more likely to become diabetic. To manage diabetes at home, most pet owners need to know and be able to perform these four things:
1. Give a twice a day injection following each meal (approx. every 12 hours)
2. Maintain a consistent, restrictive diet and a twice daily feeding schedule
3. Provide regular exercise, ideally at the same time each day
4. Monitor your pets diabetes as directed by your veterinarian-
Ideally, a diabetic animal should be seen at least every six months for a blood glucose curve (blood glucose tests ran every 2 hours before and after feeding and insulin injection to monitor the blood glucose levels during the day, and when the glucose spikes the highest or lowest). The pet would need to be kept at the clinic most of the day while several blood glucose tests are performed through out the day at regular intervals. If the diabetes is hard to control, a curve may be needed more frequently than every six months. There are special diets designed for diabetics that can be prescribed for pets by the veterinarian. Most owners and their pets adapt quickly to the routine of diabetic maintenance. Remember that diabetes isn't a death sentence for a pet, it can be controlled. Your veterinarian will answer any questions that you may have. If your pet is exhibiting any signs of the disease, or you have a senior pet, a blood test is the most efficient method of diagnosing and treating the disease.
Signs to watch for :
Weight loss despite having a good appetite
Poor body condition and hair coat
Weakness, especially in the rear legs
If you notice any of the above symptoms, make an appointment with your veterinarian. It is best to rule out, or diagnose, any medical problems sooner rather than later.
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