Your Treatment for Pet Diabetes is Here in Ocala!
At Magnolia Animal Hospital, Dr. Lee Kierstein offers comprehensive treatment for your beloved pet should they suffer from diabetes. We have the most up-to-date technology and can put your pet on the right treatment plan. Since diabetes is more common in older pets, we want to detect the disease as soon as possible.
There's good news for pets living with diabetes. Our veterinary staff offers guidelines on how to manage the condition through proper exercise, diet, professional monitoring, and treatment. Early signs of diabetes include:
- Decrease in appetite
- Excessive water drinking and frequent urination
- Cloudy eyes, especially in senior dogs
- Weight loss
- Recurring or chronic infections--more related to the skin and urinary tract
Because pet obesity is a significant precursor to diabetes, our animal hospital needs to take a thorough health history during our initial examination. We want to ensure the risk factors are reduced as your furry family member gets older. Our mission is also to detect other forms of illness that could be a warning sign of any diseases that may affect the diabetes treatment we provide. Oftentimes, overactivity of the adrenal gland and thyroid gland, heart disease, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and kidney disease can result in your pet being diagnosed with diabetes.
How to Care for Diabetic Pets
Your dog or cat will require lifelong treatment for their diabetic condition, including special diets, exercise (especially in dogs), and daily insulin injections. Our veterinary team in Ocala will guide you toward a proper wellness regimen for your dog, including:
- A high fiber diet
- An appropriate exercise program based on age, weight, and overall health
- Ensuring your female canine has been spayed, as females are more prone to diabetes than males
Recommendations for cats by our animal hospital staff include:
- A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet
- Our veterinarian will customize an exercise plan for your feline, since it can be a challenge to get them to follow a fitness regimen
Magnolia Animal Hospital believes in the importance of maintaining proper insulin and feeding guidelines to alleviate low blood sugar. You will also need to regularly check your pet's blood and urine sugar levels. Our veterinary team will guide you on how this is done.
If you're unsure about your pet's overall health, please call us with questions and concerns. Our Ocala staff wants to hear from you!