November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month- from Pet Cancer Awareness

November is Pet Diabetes Awareness month: It was designated to help create more awareness of this disease that can significantly impact the health of companion animals.

If you didn’t know your dog or cat could develop diabetes, you’re not alone. Many owners don’t realize diabetes can affect pets too, so learning that your dog or cat has the condition can leave you with many questions.

Diabetes is a relatively common disease in which the body doesn’t use glucose properly. If left untreated, diabetes is life-threatening. It is manageable and if detected early enough, pets with diabetes can live a normal life when treated and medicated properly. In some cases with cats, diabetes can actually be reversed.

Signs and symptoms of diabetes that owners should be aware of include the following:
•    Increase in water consumption
•    Increase in urination
•    Increase in appetite
•    Weight loss
•    Cataracts may be present if diabetes has been existent for a longer period of time

Your veterinarian is an essential partner in your pet’s diabetes care. Only your veterinarian can diagnose diabetes and provide appropriate preventive and management programs.


Even if your animal develops diabetes, if you work with your veterinarian and follow his or her recommendations closely, your animal can have a good quality of life. Diet will be the first thing your veterinarian will consider, especially if your pet is a cat. Besides diet, there have been improvements in the types of insulin and the types of monitoring tests available to your veterinarian.


Although obesity is clearly linked to the development of diabetes, not every pet that develops diabetes is fat and not every obese pet will develop diabetes. Nonetheless, diabetes is almost always a preventable disease if your pet maintains a normal weight.

Sierra 11-12-14 005Featured Dog: Sierra
Sierra makes a striking impression! She has a black “feathered” coat while her paws and legs have brindle markings! Bright as the stars, sharp as a whip and as sweet as peas! Gussie will need plenty of exercise and activities to keep her sharp mind challenged! Sierra is without a doubt a love-bug and is eager to please her human friends. She’s extremely intelligent and is a whiz with learning commands! She’d be a wonderful pet for a person who’s interested in a dog that will be a true friend. She will smile at you showing you her white teeth. Comes when called and will sit beside you for all the attention you have to share with her.

Other Available Dogs:

Trey- Male 4 years old Chihuahua. Trey has only 3 legs and loves people and playtime.

Earl- Male 10 years old Chihuahua. Tiny dog. Very active and loves people.

Eureka 11-12-14Featured Cat: Eureka

Meet Eureka! He is quite possibly one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever met! He loves new people, and thinks everything is exciting! His favorite thing in the world is to get attention. He will purr all day if you pet him! A heart of gold! He enjoys being close to people and will climb up to be at your level so he can look into your eyes! He absolutely loves being petted and closes his eyes and rolls his head around while you rub him. An inquisitive cat, he also enjoys treats, basking in the sun and taking cat naps.

Other Available Cats

Lance- Male 6months old gray tiger. Friendly, purrs and loves his toys.

Garbo- Female 6 months old black. Shy and needs a quiet home.

Nappy- Female 4 years old. Laid back and quiet. Owner could no longer keep her.

Truffles- Female 2-3 years old. Friendly beautiful swirled tabby colors.

Sunshine- Female Siamese blend. Very friendly and people orientated but a home with no dogs please.

All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximated.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268

The animals submitted to the media may have changes so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.