MSD Animal Health has launched www.caninsulin.co.uk, a new Caninsulin pet diabetes website, together with additional support for veterinary practices.

The website has been redesigned to help pet owners improve their understanding of the disease and support their commitment to treating their pet, thus improving the survival rates of diabetic pets. 

The site includes videos which show how to give insulin injections to dogs and cats. There are also links to the Pet Diabetes Tracker App, which helps owners of diabetic pets monitor and record their pets’ progress. There are also tools to help pet owners build glucose curves they can share with their veterinary practice, and FAQs that will answer their main concerns.      

The company is also offering additional support to help veterinary practices raise awareness of pet diabetes in the form of staff training and a Pet Diabetes Month Resource Pack.

Caroline Darouj, Senior Product Manager at MSD Animal Health said: "Pet diabetes continues to rise in the UK1,2 due to the growing prevalance of obesity in our pets. Research has shown that up to 20% of diabetic pets die, or are euthanised, within a year of diagnosis3. Many of these early deaths however, are avoidable and effective management can result in good outcomes in most pets. A diabetes diagnosis should not be a life sentence for our pets.

"This campaign and new website will make a big difference, giving practices the tools to engage pet owners, provide treatments plans and explain effective disease management. Diabetes is a disease with many elements that can feel overwhelming for pet owners so it’s vital that all veterinary practice team members have the right resources to be able to advise and support them so their pets can lead long and happy lives."

To sign up for a pack practices should go to www.msd-animal-health-hub.co.uk/PDM 

References

  1. Mattin, M. et al.(2014). An epidemiological study of diabetes mellitus in dogs attending first opinion practice in the UK. Vet. Record 174: 349
  2. O’Neill, D.G. Et al. (2016). Epidemiology of Diabetes Mellitus among 193,435 Cats Attending Primary-Care Veterinary Practices in England. J Vet Intern Med;30, p 964–972
  3. Neissen, S.J.M. et al (2017).  The big pet diabetes survey: perceived frequency and triggers for euthanasia. Vet. Sci. 4 (27) pp 1-13

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