Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) Animal Health has announced the launch of its Care & Control of Pet Diabetes Program which seeks to spread awareness about diabetes in pets.
The Care & Control of Pet Diabetes Program aims to help pet owners to manage their pets that have been diagnosed with diabetes by providing the essential tools that they need. One of the agendas of the initiatives is to educate pet owners about the signs and symptoms that might indicate that a pet has diabetes. The program will also provide a guide on how pet owners can work hand in hand with a veterinarian to come up with a treatment plan for pets that have been diagnosed with the condition.
Mario Cabrera, an executive at Merck Animal Health stated that the first step that pet owners take in managing their pets’ condition is identifying the clinical signs of diabetes.
“If you notice excessive thirst, frequent urination or weight loss despite good appetite, speak with your veterinarian, who can test your pet for diabetes and, if diagnosed, provide you with an individualized plan to care for your pet. Depending on your pet’s needs, this may include a prescribed diet, exercise, blood sugar monitoring and an insulin injection routine,” stated Cabrera.
Diabetes is rapidly becoming one of the most prevalent health conditions found in animals, especially cats and dogs. Statistics indicate that the number of dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S since 2006 has increased by 49 percent. The condition can be quite catastrophic if left untreated because it might cause nerve damage, cataracts, and hypoglycemia among other dangerous conditions.
Pet owners with pets that are diabetic should work on managing the blood sugar in their pets. For example, it is important to avoid low blood sugar which is often caused by delayed means or administration of too much insulin. Madeleine Stahl, an Associate Director at Merck Animal Health stated that the company considers health and welfare as a top priority especially considering that pets are an important part of families. Stahl also pointed out that the right diabetes management and veterinary plans can go a long way in making it possible for pets to live healthy lives.