Cases of diabetes in cats and dogs has risen over 900 percent since 2011, according to a five year study by Animal Friends Pet Insurance of almost 9,000 animals.
It was discovered that cats are at highest risk of contracting diabetes with a 1161 percent increase since 2011, compared to dogs 850 percent rise.
The data also revealed the breeds that are most commonly diagnosed with the condition and found that the West Highland terrier is the most susceptible dog followed by the labrador, king charles spaniel, husky and miniature schnauzer.
The British shorthair was the breed of cat most commonly diagnosed with diabetes, followed by the Burmese, foreign shorthair, maine coon and abyssinian.
Whether this is to do with genetics or the lifestyles of these breeds and their owners is unknown.
Westley Pearson, director of claims and marketing for Animal Friends said “With weight issues and diabetes on the rise amongst humans, we assumed we would find the same in people’s pets but the 900 percent rise we uncovered was shocking. It shows a clear gap in Britain’s knowledge regarding proper care of their pets.
“The fact that the increase is so much higher than in humans suggests that while people are beginning to think more about their health, their pets are being left on their old diet and exercise regimes.”
Westley went on to explain what to look out for if you’re concerned about a pet: “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.”