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Increase In Cats And Dogs With Diabetes

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The metabolic disease is on the up with our furry friends…

Cases of diabetes in dogs & cats has risen over 900% - according to the Animal Friends Pet Insurance.

A five year study conducted by the group involving over 8,000 animals found that cats risk of contracting the metabolic disease have increased by over 1000% percent since 2011. When it comes to breeds, The British Shorthair Was the cat most commonly diagnosed with diabetes, followed by the Burmese, Foreign Shorthair, Maine Coon & Abyssinian.

The study also revealed that although the increase of dogs with diabetes is lower than cats, a 850% percent rise is still very unsettling.

Westley Pearson, director for Animal Friends gave some advise on what to look out for with your pet if you suspect them of having the disease : “The most common symptoms of diabetes in animals are increases in drinking and urinating;

Weight loss is an often overlooked symptom. This is because the animal will often be overweight in the months leading up to a diagnosis so owners don’t recognise it as a problem when their pet finally starts losing the extra weight.”

For more information visit www.animalfriends.co.uk/blog/diabetes-pets-study-2016/

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.