The first step in dealing with diabetes at animals is to understand the disease. It is important to know that the symptoms of diabetes are similar at humans and at animals, but special calibrated devices are required for testing blood sugar levels in blood. 1 out of 200 cats and a out of 500 dogs is type 1 or type 2 diabetic.
Diabetes differs from one animal species to the other. For that reason it is important to recognize symptoms at an early stage and discuss the findings with the veterinarian. If there is an indication for diabetes, further medical checks should be performed. The earlier diabetes is detected the earlier short- and long term complications of diabetes can be prevented.
Regular blood glucose checks are the base of a successfull therapy of diabetes. Blood sugar tests should be performed under familiar conditions in a home-setting which is part of a holistic care.