Diabetes impacts a pet's life in unexpected and potentially complicated ways. Depending on the severity of a pet's symptoms and the potential problems associated with a pet's health, a veterinarian in Winnipeg offers appropriate treatments and educational information to pet owners.
What is Pet Diabetes?
Veterinary services for pet diabetes depends on the situation and the pet. In general, diabetes develops in two potential ways: either the body does not produce enough insulin or a pet's body resists the insulin. In both situations, an animal hospital provides the tools to address the situation and the problem.
Consultations About a Pet's Health
At Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we offer diabetic consultations to help pet owners determine the right course of action for a pet's health and well-being. During a consultation, we evaluate blood work and details about a pet's current situation and health. We may check for health complications associated with high blood glucose levels and then determine a course of action to maintain a pet's health.
A consultation focuses on addressing the situation by evaluating the information and details. It is a basic process of determining what a pet needs to maintain good health and well-being. We recommend appropriate exercise programs and dietary solutions based on a pet's health and well-being. We may recommend changes to a pet's diet or adjustments to a current workout schedule to reduce health risks associated with diabetes. We may also determine that a current treatment plan is not appropriate for a pet's specific needs and situation.
Diagnosis and Treatment
When pet owners are not sure about a pet's situation and health, a diabetic consultation allows us to confirm your concerns and address the situation. In some cases, a pet may not have diabetes and may develop other health concerns. For example, a pet may have low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, which requires a different treatment plan.
A consultation allows us to determine your concerns and evaluate the behavior of a pet. It also allows us to determine when the problem stems from high blood glucose levels or when it stems from other health complications. When we determine the cause of a pet's behavior or health concerns stem from diabetes, we diagnose the type of diabetes and then develop a treatment plan.
Generally, a treatment plan depends on your pet's current health and situation. Diabetes has a negative impact on a pet's health and may result in severe sickness. We recommend dietary changes when appropriate for your pet's health. We may also suggest an exercise program to help your pet lose weight and maintain a healthier blood glucose level. In most cases, pet owners will also need to give a pet insulin shots or medication to help address the low insulin levels.
A diabetic consultation is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. At Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we provide a treatment plan based on your pet's needs and the initial consultation. To learn more about our veterinary services, contact us today.