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Diabetic Consults
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What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas, a small vital organ located near the stomach. The pancreas has two types of cells: one group of cells produces enzymes for digestion while the other group of cells produces the hormone insulin. Insulin regulates the level of glucose in the blood stream and controls the delivery of glucose to the tissues of the body. 

In simple terms, diabetes mellitus is a diseased state by which the body suffers from a shortage of insulin, or from an incorrect response from the cells to the insulin that is being produced called insulin resistance. 

Insulin is a hormone that is produced in the pancreas and released into the cells in response to the digestive conversion of proteins into glucose in the bloodstream. Food that is ingested is broken down into glucose, a type of sugar in the blood and one of the body’s main sources of energy. 

Animals can suffer from diabetes, just like humans can. At Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic, our doctors and support staff are trained and experienced in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of this common medical condition. With the right strategy and team in your corner, your diabetic pet can still enjoy a relatively normal, active and long life.

Clinical Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Pets

  • Increased thirst 
  • Increased urination 
  • Weight loss 
  • Increased appetite 
  • Anorexia – complete loss of appetite 
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Vomiting 

Types of Diabetes

  • Type I Diabetes Mellitus (insulin dependent) – results from total or near complete destruction of beta-cells.
  • Type II Diabetes Mellitus (non-insulin dependent) – the amount of insulin produced is insufficient, there is a delayed response in secreting it, or the tissue in the body is resistant to it. 

What Living with a Pet with Diabetes Means for You

The good news is diabetes is a treatable condition, and with a strong commitment and the right veterinary partner, your pet can still live a normal, happy, healthy life. 

If you suspect your pet may have diabetes, the first step is scheduling a professional consultation. Contact Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic right away. We can provide a definitive diagnosis and help develop an ongoing treatment strategy that will help your pet live as normal a life as possible. 

Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic

Our Location

697 Grove Street
Honesdale, PA 18431

Also serving Poconos, PA, Northeast, PA, Wayne County, PA, and surrounding areas.

Our Hours

Monday: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Tuesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 7:30pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Phone: 570-253-2402

Fax: 888-503-1950