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North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Releases Podcast on Pet Diabetes

Dr. Scott Helms Discusses Common Types and Treatment Options for Pets with Diabetes

Raleigh, NC, November 29, 2012 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association ( has announced the release of a podcast discussing issues with animal diabetes. Dr. Scott Helms, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, of the Veterinary Referral Hospital of Hickory in Hickory, N.C., shares advice on how to recognize animal diabetes, discusses the major symptoms of the disease and provides steps to helping pets overcome diabetes. In addition, Dr. Helms provides insight into the breeds and ages of pets that are most likely to develop diabetes, as well as the most prevalent type of diabetes in pets. Often, symptoms of diabetes can be very similar to symptoms of other conditions, and may be difficult to diagnose. Dr. Helms emphasizes that diabetes is not uncommon and it is crucial for pet owners to have their pets lab tested if any of the common symptoms are detected. The podcast is available to download, here

“Although certain breeds are more genetically prone to diabetes, most types of dogs and cats can be diagnosed with the disease,” said Dr. Helms. “We must pay attention to our pets’ diet habits and behaviors, such as drinking too much water or urinating too often, in order to recognize that they might have this illness. The importance of lab testing should not be taken lightly, for it must be done in order for pets to receive necessary insulin shots for treatment.”

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The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. As recognized experts in veterinary medicine, NCVMA members are frequently asked to contribute their opinions and lend their expertise to media outlets throughout North Carolina and around the country, including The News & Observer, Charlotte Today, Wilmington Star-News, Fayetteville Observer, Greensboro News & Record, USA Today, Yahoo!, ABC News and News14 Carolina. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.

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