National Pet Diabetes Month is Coming Up!

Pet diabetes can be an outcome of pet obesity

Nationwide, it is estimated that 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 adult cats have diabetes. These may seem like staggering statistics, but as the numbers of affected pets rise, more people are becoming aware and educated about the prevalence of the disease. With National Pet Diabetes Month, we hope to help pet owners learn about the ways to prevent and treat this common health condition.

Diabetic Details

Glucose, the body’s main source of energy for cells, is controlled by the hormone insulin. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 involves a lack of insulin production. Type 2 pet diabetes is the inability to correctly respond to insulin.


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National Pet Diabetes Month – Know the Signs, Reduce the Risk

iStock_000019303872_LargeWhen people hear the word diabetes they often associate it with epidemic of type II diabetes among people, but lifestyle and diet related conditions are on the rise among pets as well. And, while there are numerous factors that correlate with the disease in cats and dogs, pet diabetes is most often linked to age and obesity.

In observance of National Pet Diabetes Month, we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital want to cover some of the steps to preventing diabetes as well as how you can help your diabetic pet live the healthiest life possible. Continue…

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Rocklin_iStock_000031410354_LargeMaybe the first time you noticed was when you attempted to take your dog on that 2 mile hike and she huffed and puffed the entire way. Or, maybe you were watching TV when you noticed that your robust kitty could no longer jump up on the couch next to you. Whenever the exact moment is that we become aware of our pets’ weight, it’s important to understand why fat pets aren’t funny, and what risks they face… Continue…