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Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Just like us, diabetes is a disease that affects our furry companions, and more cases are diagnosed every year. We cannot cure diabetes, but with the proper care and treatments, it can be managed, and those affected can live long happy lives.

Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
In simple terms, this disease is a deficiency of the hormone insulin in the body. Insulin’s main job is to tell the body to use the glucose (the sugar we get when we digest what we eat) as energy. Deficiency can happen because the body isn’t producing enough insulin (Type 1 Diabetes) or because the body isn’t responding to the insulin that is being produced appropriately (Type 2 Diabetes). It results in the body thinking it is starving, and the body starts to break down its energy stores (fat and muscle), causing many problems to occur.

The Main Signs of DM

  • Excessive Eating
  • Urinating more frequently than normal
  • Drinking more water than usual / always thirsty
  • Weight Loss

Diagnosing and Treating
A pet showing the above signs should be seen by a veterinarian — blood work and urine testing are required to confirm diabetes. Because diabetes can affect different parts of the body, these tests will also look for any other problems/damage to the body that will need to be addressed. With a diet change and insulin therapy, most pets diagnosed can be treated and will live long comfortable lives.

If your pet is showing any of the above signs, or you suspect your pet has a problem, call us to book an appointment!

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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 changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 519.631.0430. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm, & Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm.

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 and take payment over the phone.

5. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

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 Elgin Animal Hospital