3 Ways Pet Stores Can Fight Diabetes in Pets
Millions of Americans have diabetes, but did you know the disease also affects between one in 100 and one in 500 cats and dogs. The condition is caused by an insulin deficiency, and—if left untreated—can be deadly. Luckily, there are treatments available and the condition can be managed with proper care.
Since November is National Pet Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time for retailers to help spread awareness about the disease. Here are three ways you can help this month:
1. Know the Signs
If a customer says their pet is experiencing any of the following symptoms, retail staff should recommend they make an appointment with their veterinarian:
• Excessive thirst
• Excessive urination – the animal is producing more urine per day or having accidents
• Increased hunger
• Weight loss
• Cloudy eyes, especially in dogs
• Stops grooming (cats)
• Poor skin or hair condition
2. Educate Pet Parents
During the month of November, retailers can create special displays about diabetes prevention, symptoms and diagnosis. This could include pamphlets, displays of recommended diet foods and colorful signage with facts and tips. Staff and a local veterinarian should also be on hand to answer owners’ questions and offer expert advice.
3. Carry the Right Food & Treats
While there are a number of uncontrollable risk factors, such as age and genetics, others, like obesity and physical inactivity, can be prevented. Retailers can help by offering a variety of quality foods that are low in fat and carbohydrates. Another simple step is adding signage in the toy section that highlights the importance of physical activity