Petersen Pet Hospital - November 2022

Hi newsletter friends, it’s your favorite canine, Sam, and I’m here to tell you about a condition that is ruff on dogs. My human friends may know about diabetes in other humans, but do you know that your four-legged friends can also have diabetes? What is diabetes? There are two types of diabetes your four-legged friends can have. Insulin- deficiency diabetes is when your pet’s body isn’t producing enough insulin to help your furry friend convert food into energy. And insulin-resistance diabetes , when the pancreas is creating some insulin but not enough for your pet to utilize it. Are there any symptoms? My human friends sometimes notice specific symptoms that can be early signs of diabetes in their furry friends. • Drinking lots of water. • Urinating a lot. • Increased appetite. • Extreme weight loss. • Lack of energy. If diabetes goes untreated, it can have severe effects on your pet’s body, such as cataracts, enlarged liver, UTIs, seizures, and kidney failure. So it’s best to have your pet examined sooner rather than later. Border Collie Corner It’s Pet Diabetes Month!

Homer is a handsome, 7-year-old Labrador who arrived at the hospital in June with symptoms he had experienced before. Besides not eating and feeling unwell, he was also showing a very specific stretching position (similar to what a cat does — front paws extended on the floor and pelvis elevated). The owners immediately recognized that something was wrong and contacted the office. Homer was seen by Dr. Carmo, who, after a thorough exam, noticed he was feeling pain in his abdomen. Homer has a history of ingesting rocks, which resulted in surgery to extract them. Despite the owner’s attempt to remove all the rocks on their property, Homer occasionally finds them. This information led to radiographs that discovered a big stone in his intestines. Dr. Carmo recommended hospitalizing Homer to evaluate whether he could eliminate the rock on his own. Homer received fluid therapy and medications throughout the day to help with nausea, pain, and discomfort. The next day, new radiographs determined that the rock was in the same spot. At this time, despite being stable, surgery was warranted. Dr. McGinty successfully removed the rock, and Homer stayed a couple of days more to receive appropriate treatment. During his stay, the entire team ensured he was comfortable and well-loved. His recovery went great, and Homer now continues to be a very happy Lab! Rock-Eating Habit Makes Homer a Repeat Customer

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