I've always loved animals (with a fixation on horses since my first pony ride at age 3). I have always felt bad for animals that were sick. But now, if it's a newly diagnosed diabetic dog or cat in DKA.. I almost start to cry. I know, at the very least, what it's like to be polyuric, polydypsic, and polyphagic. I know what it's like to feel crappy and tired all the time.
No, I haven't experienced true DKA.. and thank God. But I feel so bad for the little furballs that wind up going through it.
They depend on their humans to take care of them. I know many pet owners are conscientious; but I wish every pet owner would try to prevent their critters from getting overweight and stop thinking that they are cute because they are pudgy. There are so many problems that can result from the obesity; from simply not living their full lifespan, to diabetes, and even orthopedic issues can be a result.
It's just not cute anymore when you realize how detrimental it is to the animal's life and health.