Did you know that November is National Diabetes Awareness Month? Yup, one month out of every year… diabetes gets the spotlight. Given the importance of this disease and the debilitation it can cause, you’d think it would at least deserve a month with 31 days. But I guess it could be worse, it could be in February. Besides, November is probably a very appropriate month - given that it comes right after Halloween, includes the holiday most often associated with overeating, and precedes the month with the over-indulgent holidays of Christmas and New Years too. So… November it is - this year and every one to follow.
Regardless of which month diabetes gets the spotlight in though, its just important that it gets it. Why? Because it is one of the most debilitating and one of the most common chronic disorders affecting people… and pets. That’s right, cats and dogs can develop diabetes. And, as this blog post will highlight (at least as regards cats), they can do so with alarming frequency, and with potentially devastating consequences.
So, please read on to help protect the health and safety of your cats, as well as the ‘health’ of your bank account. It’s November… so prepare to become aware of feline diabetes - what it is, when you should suspect it, and what the potential emergency complications of it are. Also included, and it wouldn’t be a Preventive Vet blog post without them, are tips on how you can prevent it and how best you can manage it to avoid the associated emergency complications. Remember to come back to and share this post in other months of the year too, diabetes doesn’t respect the ‘boundaries’ of the calendar… it can strike in any month!