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Published: May 03, 2011

In a recent report, it was discovered that diabetes in pets is growing faster than it is in humans. Professionals in veterinary medicine field conducted a study, which discusses the rise of diseases in animals, analyzed data from animal hospitals in more than 43 states, according to the Miami Herald.

The study, which is called 2011 State of Pet Health, observed nearly three million dogs and cats. Their findings concluded that diabetes in dogs has risen by nearly 30 percent in the past four years. In addition, cats being diagnosed with the disease has risen by 16 percent in the same time span. People, on the other hand, have seen a 10 percent increase since 2006 in diabetes diagnosis, according to the newspaper.

However, it is possible for the animal to lead a healthy life as diabetics as long as they get treatment.

"Millions of pets are getting insulin twice a day," said veterinarian Dr. Jeffrey Klauser to the news source. "Dogs can be diabetic for years and do just fine."

According to the ASPCA, there are certain signs to look for to see if a cat or dog is diabetic, which include a change in appetite, excessive thirst, increased urination, lethargy, and unkempt hair coat.