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 who 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.



Featured Dog: Manny

Manny is a great little dog, He is a pug/terrier blend. He loves playing with toys and showing them he is the boss. Manny does great on a leash and loves going for walks with the volunteers. He is a happy little guy and once he knows you he is your friend forever. Manny should be the only dog in your home. We are not sure about hi with very small children. He would be a good walking partner for someone needing their daily exercise’


Other available dogs:

Godiva- Pit bull. Loves being with people and going for walks. Needs high secure fencing.

Sherlock- Mountain cur/lab blend. Loves going for walks and being with people.


Featured cats: Joey and Mario

3 month old kittens. Very friendly and used to people, being handled and sitting on laps. They came to shelter with sister Rosa as strays. They can’t get enough play time and play until they finally fall asleep. They love toys and especially small soft toys they can carry around in their mouths. Joey is all black while Mario is black and white. They can be adopted separately but would make a purrfect pair together and can keep themselves entertained.       


Other available cats:

Nicky- Kitten Tiger striped. Very friendly and quite talkative.

Patches- Kitten Gray/White medium-long hair. He loves to be held and cuddled.

Cinder- Kitten Gray medium hair. She is very social and wants held  and petted.

Rosa- Kitten Buff /gray. Short hair. She purrs the minute she sees you heading her way.


All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.

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 changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information.  and