Diabetes Mellitus

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

In order to understand the problems involved in Diabetes Mellitis, it is necessary to understand something about the normal body's metabolism. The cells in the body depend on getting sugar from the food. A hormone called insulin is responsible for sugar being able to get to the cells where it can be used. Insulin is produced in the pancreas. If insulin is not produced, then the body cannot absorb sugar. This is when it becomes necessary to supply the body with a new source of insulin.

The signs of Diabetes mellitus are: excessive drinking, excessive urination (including having accidents in the home), and weight loss.

The exact dose and type insulin that will be effective to control the diabetes varies from one patient to the next. It is important to work closely with your veterinarian to adjust and monitor the insulin dose and response to the insulin therapy. Diabetes Mellitis is a manageable disease but does require ongoing care and follow up exams.

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