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Diabetes in Cats

What are the common signs to watch for?

Diabetes is a common disease seen more frequently in middle-aged to senior cats and more common in males than females. In short, diabetes is a disease where the organ responsible for regulating blood sugar (the pancreas) is not doing its job properly.

In cats, it is closely related to obesity. Overweight cats are more predisposed to diabetes mellitus type 2, where tissues in the cat’s body will become insulin-resistant.

The clinical signs are related to the elevated concentrations of blood glucose and the inability of the body to use glucose as an energy source. For example, even though there is a lot of available sugar circulating in the blood, the cells can’t use any of that without proper levels of insulin. Your cat will always feel hungry, eat a lot, but still, lose weight.

The four main signs to watch for are:

  1. Increased thirst: sometimes you will notice empty water dishes or your cat wanting to drink water from different sources it never tried before (licking the bathtub, licking faucets or even drinking from the toilet!)
  2. Increased urination: you may notice that you have to clean the litter box more often
  3. Increased appetite: that crazy meowing near the food dish or in the kitchen
  4. Weight loss: this is tricky to notice at home because a lot of cats are a little overweight, to begin with. It is okay to call your clinic and just ask to bring the cat for a weigh-in if you are suspecting weight loss.

If you are worried your cat might have diabetes, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 204.269.8162.

Written by: Natalia Cardoso, DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following policies are up-to-date as of Tuesday April 7, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. Please call 204-269-8162 when you arrive for your appointment or ring the doorbell, and one of our staff members will meet you at the hospital entrance to admit your pet for their exam. Once the veterinarian has finished the exam, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept 2 routine appointments per day, per doctor, but priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.

3. The hospital is still OPEN with the following hours:

Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday to Thursday 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

The boarding and grooming building is CLOSED until further notice.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice physical distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital