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December 1, 2015

Since 2011, diabetes diagnoses in pets have increased by 32 percent in canines and 16 percent in felines.

November is designated Pet Diabetes Month to raise awareness for the prevalence of the disease in cats and dogs. If left untreated, diabetes can be fatal.

The disease is often underdiagnosed. It affects one in 308 dogs and one in 230 cats.

Signs of diabetes in dogs includes drinking more water than usual, frequent urination, seeming hungry always while still maintaining or losing weight and cloudy eyes.

Diabetes is more typically diagnosed in older cats and neutered male cats. A cat with diabetes may drink more water than usual, urinate more frequently, always seem hungry while maintaining or losing weight, sleep more, be less active and have thinning, dry and dull hair.

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