, Newburyport, MA


September 13, 2013

Paw Prints: Pet diabetes becoming more common


To help keep your Fido and Fluffy diabetes-free, follow these do’s and don’t’s:

Don’t let your pets get obese. Abdominal fat is the big culprit here.

Don’t let Fido get into the trash.

Don’t ignore increased water consumption.

Do feed Fluffy a low-carb diet. It’s how Mother Nature designed his body.

Do pay attention to subtle signs, such as Fluffy’s shuffling gait or Fido’s sluggishness.

Do have an exercise routine with your pet. Ask your veterinary team for suggestions for your indoor cat. Exercising with your pet will keep you both happy and healthy.


Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital ( She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to

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