Obesity is one of the major contributors to the onset of pet diabetes, and November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. To raise awareness, we’re giving away a SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect.
What do you need to know about canine diabetes and how can you help prevent it?
We all know that dogs live to eat, but that’s not necessarily healthy for them. Obesity is a huge issue in the United States, with over 53% of cats and dogs being obese. This leads to a number of health problems for our pets, with diabetes being one of the major concerns. Risk factors for the development of diabetes in pets include breed, genetics, obesity and age, and left untreated? Diabetes can lead to a number of additional health problems for your furry family member.
In honor or National Diabetes Month, SureFeed is offering one lucky pet parent the chance to win a Sure Feed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect. Read on to find out how to enter.
What Is Diabetes in Cats and Dogs?
Diabetes Mellitus is disease of the endocrine. Type I Diabetes Mellitus is where your dog’s body doesn’t make enough insulin (this is usually produced in the pancreas) and you need to treat with insulin therapy for the duration of your dog’s life. Type II Diabetes Mellitus is where the body is making insulin, but not enough.
When your dog’s body doesn’t have enough insulin, it can’t push sugar (or glucose) into your body’s cells. This means the body’s cells are starved and will try to make more glucose to compensate. Without the insulin, however, it’s futile.
It’s that excess sugar that is produced that makes your dog or cat super thirsty and going to the bathroom all the time. If diabetes isn’t treated, a situation called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can happen and poison the body. It can be life-threatening, and you need to see a vet right away.
What Are The Signs of Diabetes?
Sometimes, your dog may not even show any overt symptoms of diabetes and you are shocked when the veterinarian tells you that’s the diagnosis. You may just chalk your dog’s ‘fluffy-ness’ to a few extra snacks here and there, and their constant begging is just who they are.
But, experts say there are some outward signs of diabetes in your pet. If your pet exhibits any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to talk with your veterinarian immediately.
Signs of diabetes in dogs and cats could include:
Excessive thirstFrequent urinationIncreased hungerWeight LossLethargyBlindness
Being overweight increases your dog’s risk rate of diabetes. Obesity causes the cells in your dog’s body to become more resistant to insulin. This will cause your dog’s blood sugar to rise, and that’s dangerous for many reasons.
How Can Pet Owners Battle Diabetes In Their Pets
Diabetes doesn’t have a cure, but the best thing pet parents can do is to keep their dogs and cats at healthy weights. Pets who have frequent exercise and stimulation and have healthy eating habits are less prone to obesity, and that makes them less prone to contracting diabetes.
Keeping your dog at the right weight can be hard, though, particularly for senior dogs who change in their dietary intake requirements. Having regularly scheduled meals of appropriate portions is the best way to help keep them healthy.
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect can make all the difference in your pet’s weight. Using your pet’s embedded microchip or an included RFID collar tag, you can control your dog’s access to their food. When your pet comes to his bowl, the feeder recognizes the chip and will open the bowl for your pet to eat the perfectly portioned meal.
Better, it will only open and allow access to the feeder for the right pet using the right collar or authorized chip. This means that in homes with multiple pets, you can be sure that one pet isn’t sneaking another’s food and getting hefty with the extra.
The SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect also uses the Sure Petcare smart phone app to allow you to control the feeding profile of your pet(s). You’re able to access how often and for how long your pet eats, and the app will record feeding patterns so if a change occurs, you’ll know. With the app, you can set portion size and the feeder uses an integrated scale to measure that perfect portion within one gram of accuracy. Operating for up to four months on C batteries, it’s assurance that you’re doing the best you can to keep your pet at its healthiest.
How to Enter
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You have from November 24, 2020 to December 8, 2020 12AM EST to enter. We’ll announce the winner by December 15, 2020. One winner will be picked randomly. This giveaway is open to residents in the US and Canada.
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