More Than 2,000 Veterinarians from Around the World Gather to Learn theLatest in Diagnosis and Treatment at NAVC’s Virtual Diabetes Summit March 16

ORLANDO, FLMarch 11, 2021 – Diabetes is rising faster in pets thanin humans, with more than half a million cats and dogs diagnosed with diabeteseach year. Learning important clinical signs of diabetes and how to design atreatment plan that’s best for each cat or dog will be the focus of a virtualglobal summit hosted by the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) March16. More than 2,000 veterinarians from around the world are planning to attendthe virtual event where they can take what they learn back to their clinicsand put into practice to enhance and prolong the lives of cats and dogseverywhere.

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM), internist, reproductive endocrinologyspecialist, and Professor Emerita at the University of Georgia will present acomprehensive look into diabetes in dogs and cats including diagnosis, patientconsiderations when designing a treatment plan and monitoring techniques.Boehringer Ingelheim is sponsoring the NAVC Virtual Diabetes Summit, which isfree for all veterinary professionals who wish to attend.

“Throughout my career, I have studied diabetes. I am so excited to share mylearnings and experiences with thousands of veterinarians so they are betterequipped and more knowledgeable on how to diagnose and treat this disease,”said Dr. Ward. “Diabetes can be managed through a careful routine of diet,exercise and insulin injections. Treatment can be challenging since eachanimal’s response varies so we will look at many different ways to developindividualized treatment plans.”

Dr. Dana Varble, NAVC Chief Veterinary Officer, will host the summit andoffers the following information for pet parents and veterinarians torecognize the most common signs of diabetes and treatment options.

Signs to look for:

  • Increased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thirst and increased water drinking
  • Urinates frequently or begins having accidents in the house
  • Cloudy eyes (dogs only)
  • Decreased energy or fatigue
  • Decreased appetite
  • Increased or recurring infections

Management and Treatment:

  • With obesity being a leading cause of feline diabetes, regular exercise, dietary changes and feeding routines are essential to maintaining weight
  • Regular glucose monitoring
  • Frequent visits to your veterinarian to assess your pet’s condition and recommend treatment modifications
  • Explore new innovations in diabetes management and monitoring allowing veterinarians and pet owners to work together as a team
  • Minimize instances of stressful situations
  • Be aware of and treat other diseases and infections your pet may have

“Diabetes in animals is very similar to the disease we see in humans, and justlike with people, your pet’s diabetes is also manageable. With time, propercare and dedication to a daily routine, your pet can live a quality, happylife,” said Dr. Varble. “Left untreated, the effects of diabetes are life-threatening, which is why it is so important for pet parents to identifypotential symptoms early and contact their veterinarian with any concernsregarding their animal’s health.”

The NAVC Virtual Diabetes Summit is part of the NAVC’s new, interactive year-round virtual learning events including summits, seminars and a live webinarseries.

Participating veterinarians will earn three hours of continuing education. Formore information and to register, visit

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