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Diabetes Pet Care Alliance ends clinic enrollment cap

Owners of newly diagnosed diabetic pets can receive product samples if their veterinary hospital registers by Oct. 31.

Diabetes Pet Care Alliance ends clinic enrollment cap
Studies show that diabetes mellitus affects an estimated 1 in 230 cats and 1 in 300 dogs.

The owner of any cat or dog diagnosed with diabetes in November or December may be eligible to receive a free disease management kit from the sponsors of the Diabetes Pet Care Alliance.

Merck Animal Health, Nestlé Purina PetCare and Zoetis reported Sept. 6 that a previous enrollment limit of 1,000 veterinary clinics has been eliminated, meaning any hospital can take part in the program by signing up at http://bit.ly/2vMEM1r. The enrollment deadline is Oct. 31.

Participating clinics agree to place a diabetes awareness poster in a waiting room or exam room, and they forward the contact information of owners whose pets test positive for diabetes.

In return, pet owners receive:

  • Continuing education about diabetes management.
  • One 10-milliliter vial of Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) from Merck Animal Health.
  • One 6-pound bag of Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets DM Dietetic Management feline formula for cats or Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Fiber Balance dry formula for dogs.
  • One AlphaTrak 2 blood glucose monitoring system from Zoetis.

The 4-year-old program has helped facilitate the screening of thousands of pets, the organizers stated.

November is Pet Diabetes Month.