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Glucose Levels

Glucose Levels

Natural treatments for cats and dogs with hypoglycemia to support normal levels of blood glucose.

Your pet’s glucose levels indicate how much glucose or sugar is circulating in your pets system at a given time. These glucose levels fluctuate throughout the day and are strictly controlled by hormones so that they are maintained within a certain range. Catabolic hormones such as glucagon and catecholamines help to increase glucose levels, while the anabolic hormone insulin helps reduce glucose levels.

When these hormone systems are not functioning properly, glucose levels are not adequately regulated and this can be dangerous for your pet. High glucose levels are referred to as hyperglycemia and when this is a chronic problem, it is known as diabetes. Low glucose levels or Hypoglycemia can occur when the pancreas secretes too much insulin, when pets are not eating enough to support their energy requirements or as a result of insulin treatment in diabetic pets.

Hypoglycemia is a common problem with insulin treatment and can occur even when pet owners are being very careful. This happens because insulin production and requirements can fluctuate without warning in diabetic pets and so it is something that needs to be monitored closely.

High glucose levels or hyperglycemia generally results in long term complications such as blindness, neuropathy and kidney disease if left untreated. Hypoglycemia, on the other hand is more immediately life threatening and if levels are too low, every cell in the body becomes starved of life-supplying sugars. Symptoms of low blood sugar may include decreased heartbeat, slow breathing, weakness, disorientation, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies have been shown to be successful in both prevention and management of diabetes by supporting pancreatic health and digestive function, to maintain healthy glucose levels, to reduce the risk of insulin resistance and to maintain normal blood sugar levels and insulin levels, maintain eye health, prevent nerve and tissue damage often associated with the condition and boosts immunity.

Feeding your pet smaller meals more frequently through out the day will help maintain glucose levels at a steady rate and reduce the risk of sudden spikes or drops in glucose levels that are often associated with feeding one meal a day.

Pets with diabetes or blood sugar problems need to be monitored closely, either with regular trips to the vet or through home blood testing kits.

Make sure your pet gets regular and consistent exercise. Consistency is the key word here as high activity levels can result in a dip in blood sugar and this will affect the amount of insulin your pet requires.

If your pet is prone to hypoglycemia it’s always a good idea to keep honey or pet treats nearby. In emergencies, honey can be rubbed into the gums to quickly increase blood sugar, which will give you enough time to rush your pet to the vet.

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Along with an appropriate diet your diabetic pet should eat at the same time each day at least twice a day, or smaller amounts at multiple intervals. Many pets have timed feedings according to their insulin shots so ask your veterinarian to advise what feeding schedule will be most appropriate.

Female diabetic pets should be spayed as soon as possible to avoid any complications of the insulin reacting with the female hormones secreted by the ovaries.

Remember to take your diabetic pet for regular check-ups and monitor their blood-sugar closely as changes in the condition may occur and treatment may need to be altered.

Exercise is important for your diabetic pet, but make sure it is constant and regular. High activity will affect your pet’s insulin levels and over-doing it can lead to a sudden drop in blood-sugar levels so this should be avoided. Remember that if your pet is on insulin, the amount of insulin needed will change according to activity levels so consistency is the key word here.

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Conventional Remedies:

Glucose levels can be accurately monitored either by your pet’s veterinarian, or with the use of home glucometers. Normal blood glucose values for non-diabetic cats and dogs usually range between 80-150 mg/dL as measured on a vet’s glucometer, while home glucometers tend to read somewhat lower.

When glucose levels become too high, the kidneys as well as other organs start to become affected in what is referred to as renal threshold. In cats, renal threshold for glucose is estimated between 240-290 mg/dL, while canine renal threshold for glucose is at approximately 180 mg/dL.




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