Petplan Examines Diabetes for Pet Diabetes Month
Data from America’s No. 1 pet insurance provider reveals rise in diabetes, but prevention and early detection can help protect pets
PHILADELPHIA (November 1, 2012) – Life with pets can be very sweet, but a diagnosis of diabetes can be anything but for four-legged friends – and the family budget. This November, No. 1-rated Petplan pet insurance is honoring Pet Diabetes Month by offering helpful hints to prevent and manage diabetes for pet parents in a sticky situation.
Unfortunately, diabetes in furry friends is on the rise. Petplan reported that in 2011 alone, claims for insulin-related diabetes, or diabetes mellitus, increased by 253 percent. And as a condition that generally requires lifelong maintenance, costs can add up quickly. According to Petplan 2011 claims data, the average cost of veterinary care for diabetes was more than $900 per incident, with some costs reaching as high as $5,760!
“Diabetes is the result of an insulin deficiency that leads to high blood sugar, and it affects pets in much the same way it affects as people,” says Dr. Jules Benson, Vice President of Veterinary Services at Petplan. “In fact, some of the contributing factors are the same –overweight pets are much more likely to develop diabetes than pets who are maintained at a healthy weight.”
The good news is pet parents can help lower the risks by keeping their pets at a healthy weight. “Feed your pet the appropriate portions of a complete and balanced diet, and make sure they get plenty of exercise,” says Benson. “Because diabetes usually requires lifelong daily medication to regulate, it is a perfect example of how pet insurance can make a huge difference to your family budget – but be aware that not all pet insurance is created equal. Make sure that the provider you select covers chronic conditions as standard.”
While diabetes is usually incurable, a diagnosis does not equal a death sentence. Many diabetic pets live happy, full lives, particularly when the condition is spotted early and a maintenance plan is established quickly.
Petplan offers the following tips to help pet parents recognize early signs of diabetes:
- Unquenchable Thirst: If you notice your pet spending more time in front of the water bowl or seeking water from unusual sources like the toilet or tap (cats in particular), it may be time to get him checked.
- When You’ve Got to Go: As a result of the increased hydration, pets may more frequently need to go outside or to the litter box – and some may have “accidents” around the house. The urine tends to be diluted, meaning it will appear relatively clear, without a strong odor.
- Endless Appetite: Your pet’s body is telling him that it’s not getting enough food; this can result in what seems to be an unreasonably large appetite, despite sometimes losing weight.
If you notice these signs or any other unusual behavior in your pet, schedule a trip to the veterinarian. For more information on dealing with general pet health, visit www.GoPetplan.com.
Top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, is the only pet insurance company to have been included on Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America. Petplan’s fully customizable dog insurance and cat insurance policies provide coverage for all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet as standard, and meet the coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. Petplan pet insurance policies are underwritten by AGCS Marine Insurance Company in the U.S. and by Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company in Canada. The Allianz Group is rated A+ by A.M. Best (2011). For information, about Petplan pet insurance, visit www.GoPetplan.com, read the Petplan Pet Insurance Blog, or call 1-866-467-3875.