American Veterinarian Launches Pet Connections With a Discussion on Pet Diabetes


This unique program offers knowledge and insight for both veterinary professionals and pet owners.

CRANBURY, N.J.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—American Veterinarian®, the premier multimedia provider of cutting-edge news, research and conference coverage in veterinary medicine, has launched the Pet Connections™ program, a video series that features discussions between pet owners and veterinary professionals on diseases and conditions affecting companion animals.

The inaugural program was moderated by Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVM, executive director and chief medical officer of U.S. Diagnostics for Zoetis, and featured Ruth MacPete, DVM, who practices in San Diego, California, and Brittney Cirone, a veterinary technician at the Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The group was joined by Azi Chegini and her 3-year-old dog Spider, who has diabetes—a disease that affects 1 in 300 dogs and 1 in 200 cats.

Dr. Goldstein began the discussion by noting that “although diabetes is more common in older pets, it can occur in younger pets as well.” As with any disease, he said, diabetes is more manageable if it is detected early. “Diabetic pets can live long and happy lives with treatment, monitoring, diet and exercise.”

In addition to strategies for managing diabetic pets, the panelists discussed the signs that dog and cat owners might notice if their pet has undiagnosed diabetes. “The most common early signs of diabetes are going to be increased thirst, increased urination, increased appetite despite the fact that they’re not gaining weight and may in fact be losing weight, and lethargy,” Dr. MacPete said.

Other topics included the technician’s role in helping owners understand the diagnosis and what’s required of them in managing their pet’s disease, including giving insulin injections and monitoring blood glucose at home.

“Pet owners and veterinary professionals alike can benefit from the information offered in Pet Connections™,” said American Veterinarian® Publisher Chris Hennessy. “Our veterinary experts and pet owners share their insights based on their own knowledge and experiences.”

Presented as 14 individual video segments ranging from about 3 to 10 minutes in length, the series can be viewed in its entirety or based on the aspects of diabetes the viewer is most interested in. Transcripts are also provided with each segment.

Pet diabetes will be discussed at the 2018 Atlantic Coast Veterinarian Conference (ACVC) as well. This popular continuing education event—now in its 29th year—will take place on October 8-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. To register, visit

To view the complete Pet Connections™ program, visit

About American Veterinarian®

American Veterinarian®, a comprehensive clinical information platform with resources both online and in print, provides companion animal practitioners with comprehensive news and information designed to improve patient outcomes and positively impact the way veterinarians practice. In fulfilling our mission to provide a broader view of medicine that encompasses the intertwined worlds of science, medicine and health, American Veterinarian® features the latest news, clinical updates, product information and conference coverage.


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