Millsboro Del. - Owners knowledge of diabetes in humans might not carry over to their pets, according to a recent Intervet study.
MILLSBORO DEL. — Owners knowledge of diabetes in humans might not carry over to their pets, according to a recent Intervet study.
More than 2,300 pet owners were surveyed through the company, with results showing less than half of respondents citing knowledge that cats and dogs can develop the disease.
However, the study also showed most owners would be willing to take on the responsibility if one of their pets were diagnosed with diabetes.
In an effort to increase diabetes awareness, Intervet is declaring November Pet Diabetes Month in conjunction with American Diabetes Month.
The company offers client literature with information about prevalence, risk factors, diagnosis, management and treatment options.
Although vomiting and diarrhea spark concern in owners, more subtle signs might go unnoticed or not motivate owners to schedule a veterinary appointment, the company says.
More than 70 percent of respondents say they would administer daily medication to a diabetic pet, while 96 percent say they would be willing to adjust their pet's diet.
The survey was completed in May 2006.