Feline and Canine Diabetes on the Rise

Giving insulin shots to your pet twice daily may seem like a lot of work, but a recent report reveals that more pet owners than ever are being faced with taking care of a diabetic cat or dog.

According to data revealed in Banfield Pet Hospital’s 2011 “State of Pet Health” report, diabetes diagnoses are rising at an even faster rate for pets than they are for people.  Nationally, diabetes rates have risen by 16 percent among cats and nearly 30 percent among dogs in the past four years. By comparison, the rate of diagnoses for people has increased 10 percent over the same time span.

This spike in canine and feline diabetes is undoubtedly linked to the rise in obesity among pets. For this reason, the best thing we can do to prevent our furry companions from becoming another statistic is to keep them at a healthy weight. Plenty of exercise and healthy eating habits will decrease your pet’s likelihood of acquiring diabetes and other serious conditions.

Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, increased urination and weight loss despite having a healthy appetite.  As with any medical issue, it’s best to contact your pet’s veterinarian with any questions or concerns.