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Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital knows your pet is one of the family. We share your love of animals and value the richness these faithful friends bring to our lives. Our veterinarians and staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality veterinary care to our patients while serving our clients with exceptional compassion and professionalism.
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Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital | 210-697-8581
6600 W Prue Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78240
The fall is a wonderful time of year, cooler weather, holiday celebrations, and of course we are all probably spoiling our pet's a little more than usual. As we welcome November, we recognize that this month is Pet Cancer and Pet Diabetes Awareness Month. We encourage every pet owner to be informed on these common pet diseases. Awareness is key to ensuring your pet(s) can stay as healthy as possible. Below is some informative information and videos about these diseases. Remember the best preventative care is to have your pet regularly examined by a veterinarian.
Pet Cancer Statistics
- Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease-related pet deaths each year.
- Dogs get cancer at roughly the same rate as humans.
- Approximately 1 in 4 dogs develops a tumor of some kind during his lifetime.
- Although cancer is not as common in cats as it is in dogs, the cancers found in cats tend to be more aggressive.
November is Pet Diabetes Month!Do you know if your pet is at risk? Be sure your four-legged family members are not only happy but healthy!Visit your local vet to have them tested for diabetes.Posted by MSD Pets SA on Thursday, October 31, 2013
What is canine diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, the clinical name for “sugar diabetes,” is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose, or sugar, in your dog’s blood. Diabetes results when the dog’s body makes too little insulin or doesn’t process insulin properly.
Insulin affects how your dog’s body uses food. When your dog eats, food is broken down into very small components its body can use. One component, carbohydrate, is converted into several types of simple sugars, including glucose. Glucose is absorbed from the intestines into the blood, where it travels to cells throughout the body. Inside cells, insulin helps turn glucose into fuel. If there’s too little insulin available, glucose can’t enter cells and can build up to a high concentration in the bloodstream. As a result, a diabetic dog may want to eat constantly, but will appear malnourished because its cells can’t absorb glucose.
What is feline diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus, the clinical name for “sugar diabetes,” is a condition that affects the concentration of glucose, a type of sugar, in your cat’s blood. Diabetes results from a shortage of insulin or when the body has trouble using the insulin it has made properly.
Insulin affects the way your cat’s body uses food. When your cat eats, food is broken down into very small components that the body can use. One component, carbohydrate, is converted into several types of sugars, including glucose. Glucose is absorbed from the intestines into the blood. Once in the bloodstream, glucose travels to cells where it can be absorbed and used as a source of energy—if insulin is present. Without enough insulin, glucose can’t enter cells and builds up in the bloodstream. So your cat may act hungry all the time and eat constantly, but still be malnourished because its cells can’t absorb glucose.
Diabetes occurs in cats when their cells no longer respond normally to the amounts of insulin produced by the pancreas. Cats with diabetes usually need to have insulin injections, at least initially, as well as an appropriate diet. Your veterinarian will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your cat’s diabetes.
Lethargy. Excessive thirst. Frequent urination.
If your pet is displaying any of these common signs, he or she may have diabetes.
If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.
While there’s no cure for diabetes, proper care can help your pet live a happy, healthy, active life. The more you know about diabetes, the better you’ll be able to work with your veterinarian to successfully manage your pet’s health.
Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.
How will my veterinarian test my pet for diabetes? Your veterinarian may begin by performing a general health examination and asking questions about any signs your pet may be displaying. Then, a sample of your pet’s urine will be tested for the presence of glucose or ketones (acids produced by the body as it breaks down fat instead of glucose for energy). If glucose is present in your pet’s urine, your veterinarian will then test your pet’s blood to determine the blood glucose level. A diabetes diagnosis is considered definite when persistently high glucose levels are found in both the blood and urine. How do I take care of a pet with diabetes? Although there is no cure for diabetes, the disease can be successfully managed with the help of your veterinarian. Daily insulin injections are usually required to restore your pet’s insulin level and control their blood glucose levels. Many owners are anxious about giving injections, but it’s easier than you think, and you’ll quickly learn how to handle the dosing routine with little stress for you or your pet. Diet plays a vital role in helping to keep your pet’s diabetes regulated. Your veterinarian can recommend a diet that’s best suited to the needs of your pet.