296 Doctors Dr

Jacksonville, NC 28546 US

(910) 353-1722

Open mobile navigation

Cat Diabetes

Cat Diabetes with Your Jacksonville Veterinarian

Pet diabetes is somewhat rare, but it can affect animals in similar ways as it affects humans. The condition of diabetes can reduce quality of life, cause unpleasant symptoms and in some cases shorten life span.

cat diabetes

Fortunately, your Jacksonville, North Carolina veterinarian can assist your pet. In addition to spay and neuter and emergency vet services, your Maysville, NC vet can also assist with the diagnosis and management of pet diabetes symptoms.

Jacksonville Veterinarian Offers Diabetes Help and More

Diabetes is a complex disease that is caused by an insulin deficiency or inadequate response. However, it can be managed with help from your Jacksonville veterinarian. After a meal, the digestive system breaks down food into components that include glucose. Glucose is then carried via insulin to the cells.

Insulin is housed in and secreted by the pancreas. If the process of releasing insulin is impaired, blood sugar can rise to dangerous levels in the bloodstream. This can in turn cause hyperglycemia, which can progress and become diabetes.

Precise causes of diabetes is unknown, although they may include:

  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Abnormal protein deposits in the pancreas  
  • Medications

There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. Type 1 is characterized by a total lack of insulin production, and type 2 includes impaired insulin production and inadequate response to it. Dogs tend to be more prone to type 1, while cats are more likely to get type 2 characterized by an impairment of the normal insulin response.

The symptoms of diabetes often include:

  • Excessive thirst and drinking more water
  • Change in appetite
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Increased urination
  • Dehydration
  • Weight loss
  • Sweet or fruity smelling breath
  • Lethargy
  • Chronic skin infections
  • Cataract formation
  • Blindness

Your veterinarian in Jacksonville will perform a thorough series of tests including a urinalysis to help determine if your pet has diabetes. Animal Hospital of Onslow County also serves the Camp Lejeune, Midway Park, Hubert and Maysville areas with emergency vet, spay and neuter and routine services.

Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes treatment for your pet can vary depending upon how serious the symptoms are and if there are any additional health issues. In most cases, regulating the blood sugar will be the first step as well as the basis of ongoing maintenance and care. Changes to the diet and lifestyle can help as well.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Jacksonville Veterinarian

If your pet is showing the indicators of diabetes, contact your Jacksonville veterinarian, Animal Hospital of Onslow County, as soon as possible. We’ll make an expert diagnosis and get your pet on the road to a higher quality of life. We also offer spay and neuter and emergency vet services to the Camp Lejeune, Midway Park, Hubert and Maysville areas of North Carolina. Contact us today at (910) 353-1722.


Office Hours


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm







  • "Dr. Corry has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets."
    John / Jacksonville, NC

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Lost Pets

    Has your pet wriggled their way through the fence or dashed out the front door? When searching for your lost pet, make sure you include these steps in your hunt. ...

    Read More
  • Should You Leave Your Cat Alone for a Long Weekend?

    So you have a trip planned for the weekend, but what should you do with your cat? Learn how to best care for your cat while you're away. ...

    Read More
  • Flea and Tick Season

    Want to protect your pet from fleas and ticks? These tips can help. ...

    Read More
  • Summer Grooming Tips

    Want to keep your pet cool and comfortable this summer? A few changes to your normal grooming routine can help. ...

    Read More
  • What to Do If Your Pet is Stung

    Don't get us wrong, we love the bees! But we don't love when our pets get stung. Follow our tips to treat and prevent bee stings on your furry best friend. ...

    Read More
  • Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

    Do you dread hitting the road with your pet? These tips may make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable for you both. ...

    Read More
  • 6 Questions to Ask At Your Senior Pet's Next Check Up

    Want to keep your senior pet healthy and happy? Ask these six questions at your pet's next check up. ...

    Read More
  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    As with anything, pet vaccinations can be too much of a good thing. Similar to parents who are learning more about vaccinations for children, veterinarians and pet owners alike are beginning to question some of the standard wisdom when it comes to protecting pets. There are certain fatal diseases against ...

    Read More
  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

    There is nothing cuter than a pet in a colorful sweater, but do our furry friends really need to wear clothing? Although clothing is not a necessity for every pet, some animals benefit from a little extra protection during cold or damp days. Others enjoy wearing festive clothing during holidays or other ...

    Read More
  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for more articles