Pet Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus

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Pet Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus – Part One

Just like human beings, cats and dogs are susceptible to diabetes mellitus. This is the condition that occurs when our pet’s blood sugar (blood glucose) is too high.   dog with diabetes mellitus

According to Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola (an online vet and physician that I follow at times), 1 dog in every 500 and 1 cat in every 200 will develop diabetes mellitus.

There are certain breeds that are known for developing diabetes mellitus. Samoyeds, Australian Terriers, Toy Poodles, and Schnauzers. The only cat they mention was the Burmese.

basket of burmese kittensNow my daughter-in-law’s cat (calico coloring) was diagnosed with diabetes due to lifestyle. But any pet can now be found in this larger pool for developing diabetes at some point, just like humans, if lifestyle is messed up.

The real and very scary thing about this however, is that diabetes is occurring at such an alarming rate which is resulting in really high numbers of sick dogs and cats.

What Is Pet Diabetes Mellitus?

When there is a shortage of insulin, or there is a condition which results in a misuse of a pet’s insulin; diabetes occurs.

Whether it is caused by a reduction of insulin produced (just like juvenile or type one diabetes in a human), OR it is caused because our dog or cat is unable to use the insulin their body produces in an efficient manner (just like type two diabetes mellitus in a human) which is also insulin resistance.

What Is Insulin?   med bottles and syringes

Insulin is a hormone. An anabolic hormone that takes sugar out of the blood and moves it into the cells of our pet’s body for use as energy. Not only does insulin move blood glucose into these cells, but it also moves electrolytes, fatty acids, and amino acids into the same cells where the glucose is being stored.

When there is a lack of insulin or there is insulin that is unable to do the job it is intended to do, then there are vital nutritional substances, (the sugar or blood glucose, the amino acids, the electrolytes, and the fatty acids)  which will be left outside of the cells.

When this happens, insulin is unable to furnish the cells with the nutrients they need and this in turn causes our pet’s cells to starve. This will still happen even though the cells are soaking in the very same, very necessary, nutrients needed in order for those cells to survive.  picture of cells

And even if our pet’s pancreas is producing the insulin needed, if their cells cannot use the nutrition that is being supplied; the pet will still have starving cells.

  • Juvenile Diabetes Mellitus

Juvenile diabetes is a rare disease in pets. In most cases, diabetes mellitus in a companion pet or animal, will be caused by a certain sedentary life-style. Now this is a hard pill to swallow for me since most animals or pets have the energy to run and around and be fairly active. Most of the time, pet dogs are walked by their owner, hopefully at least twice in one day. Some people have a pet dog for the sake of getting necessary exercise for themselves.

  • Adult Onset Diabetes   picture of cells

When insulin is reduced in production, or the pet’s ability to use insulin efficiently is greatly reduced, this condition will  normally seen in about the midlife point of the adult pet dog. Adult onset diabetes mellitus will typically show itself as our pet both reaches that midlife spot, and/or after that pet encounters some form of lifestyle obstacles, which might cause the pet to either decrease production of insulin, or lose the ability to use their insulin which is being produced as it should be.

Diabetic Symptoms

kitty drinking waterSymptoms of diabetes mellitus in your pet may or may not be visible. Normally, if you see symptoms, they will happen gradually and at a fairly slow pace. But keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms in your pet. These symptoms are also quite similar to the symptoms that we, as human beings

Urinating may increase: The first noticeable thing that may happen could be that your pet’s blood sugar or glucose levels will get so high on the outside of the cells that it will spill into the pet’s urine, which will obviously increase its urine production.

If your pet is house trained and at this age, I’m quite sure they are trained, they may even have accidents around in the house because of the frequency; they aren’t prepared and miss getting to the box or asking to be let outside.

Thirsty: If your pet has begun to pee more than normal, it would stand-to- reason that their thirst would be increased as-well. When changing your pet’s water in the morning and in the evening as it should be, you will be able to notice if they are drinking more water during the day and at night when you aren’t watching them. You will notice their increase intake of fluids, it’s hard to miss.

When you can see that your pet has the hallmark symptoms of diabetes, increased thirst and increased urination, it should throw up a red flag. The problem with these symptoms is that they are also symptoms of other more serious problems. Make an appointment at your veterinarian when you notice that your pet is symptomatic for these two issues asap.

cat eating a plate of foodIncrease in appetite: You may notice an increased appetite because your pet is hungrier now that those amino acids which are supposed to be inside the cells but aren’t getting inside, or they just are not being used as they should be.

Losing weight: It should stand-to-reason that any pet with an increased appetite should also be gaining weight. But because your pet’s cells are being starved of those essential nutrients and any energy from the food they are eating is not being used correctly or efficiently by the cells, your pet may lose weight.

Lacking energy and often tired: Your pet might lack energy and seem to be lethargic. Since those cells are being left out of the blood glucose/sugar cycle, your pet will naturally have less energy, just as you might. The pet might not even feel much like going for a typical walk or even want to play as usual. Wanting to sleep more and lack of energy are more hallmark symptoms of diabetes mellitus type ii.  cat is very lazy

Vision issues: Blindness is a symptom of diabetes mellitus in our companion animals, mostly in dogs but can also happen in cats who will become blind because of diabetic cataracts.

Weakness for cats in their rear limbs:  this is called the plantigrade stance. cat with plantigrade stanceThis is a symptom unique only to cats with diabetes. They drop their hind quarters and walk on their ankles instead of normally walking on the pads of their feet. This is a very obvious symptom since it looks so unnatural.  But it is totally reversible once the diabetes is under control.

UTI; Urinary tract infections: It is pretty-common for both dogs and cats to get a secondary infection in their urinary tract. Because there is more sugar in the urine, bacteria grows quite easily in your pet’s bladder.

Kidney failure: Happens especially with cats and is a very common secondary symptom of the diabetes mellitus. Chronic renal insufficiency or acute kidney problems is usually the first diagnosis.

The sugar we mentioned earlier that could spill over into the pet’s urine is extremely damaging to their kidneys. When the kidneys become overburdened and the nephrons (the filters inside of the kidneys) cannot handle all the extra work of filtering sugar, this results in kidney dysfunction. It is diagnosed by the vet with blood or a urinalysis.

Thanks for jumping in here today to read about the fairly common disease of diabetes mellitus which is also quickly becoming an epidemic. Stay tuned for the second part of this post.  Please leave any questions or comments in the form below.

If you’d like to do some investigating on your own about pet diabetes, the go to this URL:  you won’t believe all of the information you can find here:

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Epidemic of Pet Diabetes

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Epidemic of Pet Diabetes

1.  Over-Vaccination is overstimulating the immune system

 There is a community of veterinarians that are really concerned about the epidemic of pet diabetes. They have seen increases of diabetes in people’s pets which is contributing to “immune-mediated diseases”. These are the diseases that happen when your pet’s immune system turns on itself.

This seems to be happening especially to dogs. Dogs, for some reason, seem more susceptible to their immune system attacking their pancreas.  It is the fact that this points to an “autoimmune development” of type 2 diabetes.

These are known as “immune-mediated” or “autoimmune” diseases and they are thought to be caused by an “overstimulation of the immune system”. The thing that causes “stimulation to a pet’s immune system” is?  Too many “vaccines”.

Too many vaccines or “over-vaccinating” can lead to  an “over-stimulated immune system”, which can in turn, lead to “immune-mediated diseases” like diabetes.  This is one scenario that has led to the “epidemic of pet diabetes.

If you compare a human and the childhood immunizations that they get, it is believed that these immunizations can eventually give them a lifetime of protection.

However, our pets are getting sick because they’re getting too many vaccines; this is causing overstimulation of the pancreas. This is what seems to be happening, but as for why, no one is sure. If we are connecting diabetes and your pets due to too many vaccines, then we have to know why these pets are getting too many bottles and syringes

Dr. Becker says “It’s a good question. The fact is your dog or cat is quite likely protected for life after a complete set of puppy or kitten shots during his first 12 months.”

And so if Dr. Becker is correct, and what she is saying makes perfect sense to me, then why is it that every time an already fully immunized adult pet receives yet another full round of the same vaccines, (parvo, distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza, lepto, chronoline, Bordetella, and rabies) it’s a possibility that the pet’s immune system is becoming overstimulated which pushes the pet to acquire an autoimmune disease such as type 2 diabetes.

stop the abuse and stop making them sufferThe next time someone suggests that your pet needs to get another set of vaccines, be sure to ask a “holistic veterinarian” to run a set of “titres” or “tests that measure the pet’s functional antibody response to previous immunizations”.

At least, it is in this way you are being proactive as far as your pet’s health is concerned and then they are not going to be re-vaccinated when it isn’t necessary. This will insure that your poor pet won’t be loaded down with useless man made vaccines which might set off an autoimmune response leading to diabetes.

2.  A Sedentary Lifestyle

Pets usually have the same lifestyle that their human mums and dads do. If the parents are couch potatoes, it is reasonable to believe their pet is also a couch potato. Lack of exercise is one of the big reasons contributing to a diagnosis of diabetes in people. But it is quite another reason to keep your pets active and diabetes away.   ready to roll for a walk yet

It is necessary for humans and pets to have heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and calorie burning exercise every single day.

Anaerobic exercise doesn’t do anything for your pet or yourself but turn your muscles into fatty, mushy, tissue. Anaerobic exercise will be a positive force for diabetes and your pets to become quite close if we are not careful about how much time our pet is allowed to lounge.  fat dacshund

Taking control of your dog’s leash and leading him on a purposeful power walk at least once a day will be the thing for him and keep his heart rate elevated for at least 20 minutes, and make it so that diabetes and your pets never meet.

If your pet is a feline however, it will require some trickery on your part. My son uses his laser pointer for our cat who goes bonkers chasing that green light. Getting creative with kitty at times is frustrating. There are times when our kitty simply sits there and looks at us like we are a couple of mortal idiots. But usually, after we have worked at it for a bit, we can get him going.

3.  High Carb Dietsdog eating pasta

Obesity is not only an epidemic in people world-wide; there is also an epidemic of pet diabetes.  There is also an epidemic of obesity which stems from two different places:

  • Lack of movement and
  • Diet which is usually the main and most obvious reason for any and all weight gain and one of the majority of reasons for the epidemic of pet diabetes

A majority of pets just like humans are consuming high calorie, high carb diets. But as in my diabetes blog, dogs and cats as well as humans have no physiological requirement for grains like corn, wheat, rice, soy, millet or quinoa for energy sources.

feed your pets proteins like they ate before domesticationDogs are scavengers and cats are hunters. These animals are designed to burn fat and protein very efficiently and neither species has a need for filler carbs.

But the dog and cat food makers in the U.S. fill these foods with grain or potato starches. Grains and potato starches are fillers for most manufactured pet foods and one of the main reasons that there is such an epidemic of pet diabetes.

Your pet doesn’t need a diet full of carbs, but most certainly not in quantities that commercial pet food manufacturers are using.

There is a big movement today from holistic vets and pet parents who are pushing for higher protein foods for pets. The pet food industry has pretty much been forced to make changes to benefit our pets.

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Corn and meal additives in pet food wasn’t getting the okay from pet parents anymore. As we too late figured out, carbs break down into sugar and we are very aware of what happens to sugar, especially if our bodies aren’t producing insulin like they should be.

Too much sugar turns us into diabetics. The same reason there is an epidemic of pet diabetes.

This big mess that our nation, our world, is in today really all began way back when the Dept. of Agriculture decided that we needed a food pyramid.  The food pyramid was to be used for educational purposes all the way around in hospitals, schools, and cafeterias. It was even teaching us how we needed to eat at home.

The Dept. of Agriculture then hired someone to build our food pyramid. But the way it looks today is not the way she originally designed it.

Fats and proteins were in a much larger section and the grains and cereals were in a smaller space. The Dept. of Agriculture wasn’t happy with the design. They were more worried about America’s farmers being able to make money on their crops.  So they moved grains and cereals and breads into a much bigger section and they moved proteins and fats into a combined space and into a much smaller section; right where it is still sitting today.

broken food pyramidThe Food Pyramid is a broken piece of garbage mostly. We ate just like it told us to. We followed it for years and look what has happened to us.

If you don’t believe me, then go and sit in a mall sometime and just observe the people walking past that are overweight and still eating ice cream cones as they walk by.

There are over 410 million people that have diabetes world wide today. There are over 86 million people in the U.S. that are prediabetic. What do you think this has done to our animals? Well, we now have an epidemic of pet diabetes.

Dr. Becker and Dr. Mercola state “All the carbohydrates in your pet’s food – which is usually as high as 80 percent of the contents – break down into sugar. Excess sugar can result in diabetes.”

“Too many carbs, too much sugar in your pet’s diet may result in pancreatic failure, insulin production deficiency or insulin resistance; a condition in which the body’s cells stop using insulin efficiently and become starved of those essential nutrients.”

We need to stop feeding our pets “carbs” and transition them to a diet that is specific to their particular species. According to Dr. Becker, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Andrew Jones (our online holistic vet), we should feed them preferably, a raw diet.   dog and chow

How to Keep that Epidemic of Pet Diabetes Away From Our Pets

  • Avoid  any unnecessary vaccinations; they can over-stimulate your pet’s immune system and create immune-mediated diseases.
  • Get serious about exercising your pets every day.
  • Feed dogs and cats a species-specific diet with no added carbs.
  • Watch your pet’s calorie intake, and maintain optimal weights.

Thanks for asking about the epidemic of pet diabetes; I hope that this post has helped to understand how pet diabetes is much the same as human t-2 diabetes.

Please leave comments and questions for us below; take care and come back to see us!

If you’d like to do some investigating all of your own?  Here’s a great site where it is information diabetes overload!  Good luck to you.

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