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Pets and Diabetes Article Archives

December 2013

Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel

(Editor's Note:This article originally ran in Diabetes Health on January 27, 2008.)

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 25, 2013

October 2011

Life With Kolumbo, My Hypoglycemia Alert Dog

It is raining today. Kolumbo, my hypoglycemia alert dog, hates the rain. I think I have the only Labrador in the world that hates getting wet. I opened the screen door this morning to feel the breeze and hear the rain. Unfortunately, while the door was open, a fly decided to come inside. When I say that Kolumbo is a lazy dog, I really mean it. He lay on his bed and watched the fly go around and around. then opened his mouth, thinking that the fly might just go in. I heard the snap of his teeth as he tried to get the fly.

comments 13 comments - Posted Oct 19, 2011

July 2010

June 2009

Diabetes in Pets

Diabetes most commonly occurs in middle age to older dogs and cats, but occasionally occurs in young animals. When diabetes occurs in young animals, it is often genetic and may occur in related animals. Diabetes occurs more commonly in female dogs and in male cats, according to the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2009

December 2008

Things I’ve Learned Along the Way: Notes From a Type 2 Diagnosed in 2003

Once you're diagnosed with type 2, you begin a long, often trial-and-error journey toward creating a daily routine that accommodates your disease without making you feel like an invalid.

comments 2 comments - Posted Dec 2, 2008

July 2008

Sit!  Roll Over!  Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!
Sit! Roll Over! Diagnose Hypoglycemia! Good Dog!

In a report published in the December 23, 2000, issue of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom write that hypoglycemia is one of the complications of diabetes most feared by patients. They point out, "Intensive research has been devoted to the development of hypoglycemia alarms."

comments 13 comments - Posted Jul 31, 2008

January 2008

A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel
A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child's Christmas Angel

Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That's because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors of dealing with the disease.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 27, 2008

November 2007

Dogs Have Known It All Along: Exhaled Breath Can Identify Low Blood Sugar
Dogs Have Known It All Along: Exhaled Breath Can Identify Low Blood Sugar

It's well known that dogs can somehow sniff low blood sugars. Many people credit their dogs with waking them up when they were dangerously low. How the dogs do it has been a mystery, but now there's evidence that they may be sniffing methyl nitrates on their owners' breath.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 18, 2007

August 2007

The Cat in the Fat:  They're Getting Diabetes
The Cat in the Fat: They're Getting Diabetes

A dense ten-page report in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, complete with pie graphs and complex tables, analyzed 14,000 United Kingdom cats (all covered by health insurance, no less) to discover the following: If your cat looks like a bowling ball, it's three times more likely to get type 2 diabetes than your skinny cat.

comments 2 comments - Posted Aug 30, 2007

April 2007

A Diabetic Budgie
A Diabetic Budgie

In the article about diabetes in birds (“Treating Diabetes In Birds”), the question about blindness caught my attention. Our budgie has diabetes symptoms: continuous thirst, heavy urination, chubby body, and can't fly anymore. He has become partially blind.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 9, 2007

November 1996

Diabetes Research—Should It be a Dog’s Life?

Researchers working in the Immunology Laboratory for Kidney Transplants at the University of California Davis have kept a diabetic dog off of insulin for three years. The researchers removed the beagle's pancreas to give it diabetes, then injected it with healthy islet cells ten days later. The dog has been designated with a number rather than a name to prevent the lab technicians from becoming emotionally attached.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 1996

February 1993

Treating Diabetes In Birds

Dogs and cats aren't the only pets that can develop diabetes. Birds are also prone to developing the disease, and for many bird lovers, controlling their pet's diabetes has become a part of their life.

comments 4 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1993

Giving Your Pet Insulin

Giving Your Pet Insulin. What is an animal's regimen of insulin injections like? The best case scenario would be giving an injection once a day, and its a simple subcutaneous injection. We use disposable ultra-sharp needles just like they use in human medicine. We prescribe the same ones from the pharmacies. Most animals will take a daily injection, or even a twice-daily injection, without any complaint.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1993

Pets With Diabetes: Keeping Your Diabetic Cat or Dog Healthy

Diabetes in cats, dogs, and even birds is not uncommon, and as in humans, it can be controlled once it is diagnosed. The basic rule is that any animal with a pancreas has the potential for contracting the disease, and that includes most household pets. Common symptoms to look for are very similar to those found in humans: increased thirst, urination, and weight loss.

comments 9 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1993

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