FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Guthrie Pet Hospital Urges Pet Diabetes Screening. Dogs and cats diagnosed in March receive free pet diabetes management kits.
Cat and dog owners who answer “yes” to any of these questions should know that their pets could be suffering from pet diabetes, a serious disease that affects pets just as it does people.
Is your cat hungry all the time—but losing weight?
Is your dog constantly emptying his water bowl, then wanting to be let outside?
Has either your dog or cat developed a poor hair coat or a lack of energy?
While diabetic pets can live long, active lives, they must be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. To help make this possible, Guthrie Pet Hospital is offering pets FREE SCREENING until March 31, 2015.
If the pet is diagnosed during the month of March, owners can also get their dog or cat off to the right start with a free diabetes management kit from the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance™. The kit includes a glucose monitoring system from Abbott, a free bag of therapeutic cat or dog food (diabetic pets require a specialized diet) from Purina Veterinary Diets® and a free vial of insulin from Merck Animal Health.
“Because the symptoms caused by diabetes in pets are also associated with a number of other disorders, including thyroid, kidney and pancreatic disease, it is important to screen pets that show symptoms such as increased eating and drinking, increased urination, lethargy and poor coat condition,” says Dr. Anna Coffin of Guthrie Pet Hospital, adding that a pet diabetes diagnosis must be confirmed with a physical examination and blood and urine tests.
Meanwhile, untreated pet diabetes can progress and cause the pet to become seriously ill. Complications associated with diabetes include blindness in dogs and weakness in the rear limbs of cats. [Tweet “untreated diabetes can progress and cause the pet to become seriously ill. “]
Just as in people, diabetes in pets is caused by a lack of insulin and affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. Diabetes mellitus affects an estimated one in 250 cats and one in 500 dogs* with incidence on the rise. Unfortunately diabetes in pets tends to be under-diagnosed, especially in cats.
“When diabetes in a cat or dog is diagnosed before it has seriously affected the heath of a pet, there is much a veterinarian can do to help pets live a long and active life,” says Dr. Anna Coffin. “With the right diet, medication and monitoring, the outlook is very hopeful.”
* Feline diabetes mellitus in the UK: The prevalence within an insured cat population and a questionnaire-based putative risk factor analysis. McCann TM, Simpson KE, Shaw DJ, et al. J Feline Med Surg 9:289-299, 2007. 2. Canine diabetes mellitus; can old dogs teach us new tricks? Catchpole B, Ristic JM, Fleeman LM,Davison LJ. Diabetologia 48:1948-1956, 2005. AT2-2118