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Professor discusses rising diabetes rates among cats and dogs

Cynthia Ward, an emeritus professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently quoted in a Patch article about rising diabetes rates among cats and dogs.

Diabetes is rising in pets faster than it is in humans. In light of this, Ward spoke on the issue.

“Throughout my career, I have studied diabetes,” she said. “Diabetes can be managed through a careful routine of diet, exercise and insulin injections. Treatment can be challenging since each animal’s response varies so we will look at many different ways to develop individualized treatment plans.”

The article continued to detail common signs of diabetes that pet parents and vets should look for, including increased or decreased appetite, excessive thirst and weight loss. Some of the management and treatment options include regular glucose monitoring and visiting the vet often.