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Diabetes in Cats

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  • Diabetes mellitus in U.S. dogs and cats has been rising sharply in the last decade
  • Caring for a dog or cat with diabetes can involve lifelong treatment and constant monitoring, and can cost as much as $10,000 over the lifetime of the pet
  • Obesity, another epidemic among pets, is closely associated with type II diabetes
  • The primary causes of Type II diabetes in dogs and cats are high carbohydrate diets, lack of exercise, and over-vaccination
  • Most cases of diabetes in pets are entirely preventable

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