Diabetes: The Devastating But Preventable Disease That Threatens Your Pet

Pet with a lot of medicationIn response to the rapidly growing problem of diabetes among dogs and cats, Abbott Animal Health, in partnership with several other animal health organizations, associations and businesses, will release The Diabetes Report in the November edition of DVM Newsmagazine. In addition to Abbott, report contributors included:

  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians
  • Banfield clinics
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Pets Best Insurance

The report is written primarily for veterinarians and vet techs rather than pet owners.

Per Veterinary Practice News:

“Although the true incidence of diabetes among dogs and cats is unknown, pet health professionals believe that it is increasing due to the obesity epidemic and the longer lifespan of pets, according to a new report released by Abbott Animal Health.”

According to Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), a leg of Banfield clinics, which partnered with Abbott on the report, diabetes is more common in cats than dogs, and is most often diagnosed in neutered male pets older than 10.

“While diabetes is a chronic disease, it is something that clients are capable of managing,” David Bruyette, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, medical director at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, said in the report.