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A beautiful, yellow-eyed cat receiving treatment. Doug Hall feeding a well-loved client.

National Pet Diabetes Month - November 2009

1st November 2009
November 2009 - Pet Diabetes Month

National Pet Diabetes Month has been launched as an initiative to promote screening for this increasingly common condition. The Cape Veterinary Clinic team are keen to support this campaign as we recognise it is critical for your pet's health that together we identify any signs of diabetes early on.

Certain breeds of dogs, for example cocker spaniels, dachshunds, dobermans, german shepherds and labrador retrievers are more predisposed to getting diabetes than others. In cats there is also some evidence suggesting there is a genetic link. Cats suffering from pancreatitis or hyperthyroidism are at an increase risk of developing diabetes. The clinic is seeing an increasing number of overweight and obese pets. These animals live a more sedentary lifestyle which is another risk factor for developing the disease.

Signs that your pet may be suffering the early onset of diabetes include drinking and urinating more frequently, constant hunger whilst maintaining or losing weight, cloudy eyes, lethargy, and a dry and dull coat.

The good news is that the majority of pets diagnosed with diabetes are easily treated, but it can be a life threatening condition if left untreated. The first step in diagnosing diabetes is to test the patient's urine. The clinic are providing leaflets containing a free urine glucose test strip which needs to be dipped into your pet's urine. Depending on the colour change, you can be reassured that your pet is either diabetes free or comforted that we at The Cape Veterinary Clinic will be able to support and manage your pet's health if they are found to be diabetic.

You are encouraged to log your pet's urine result online at and take part in 'The Great Pet Pee Test' . For each result recorded, a donation will be given to the PDSA by Intervet/Schering Plough Animal Health, the campaign organisers. The survey will also be used to help find out current pet diabetes levels in the UK.