Rapid Labs are celebrating Pet Diabetes Month – a national campaign to raise awareness of diabetes in cats and dogs to encourage owners to get their pets tested if they are considered to be at risk of diabetes.

In the UK, it is estimated that around 30, 000 dogs and 111, 000 cats are affected by diabetes.1 The 2018 annual PAW Report states that 46% of dogs and 34% of cats that vets and vet nurses see in their practice each week are overweight or obese.2 Diabetes is one of the 3 most common weight-related health issues identified by vets/vet nurses in both dogs and cats2.

It can be hard to identify diabetes in your pet, and left untreated can lead to serious consequences. However, if you notice any changes in their behaviour, such as the common signs listed in the below diagram, it could be worth taking your pet to the vet to see whether they may have diabetes. Older pets (over the age of 6) are more at risk of developing diabetes, as well as certain breeds. Burmese are the most susceptible breed of cats to develop diabetes, and a number of dog breeds such as spaniels, retrievers, terriers have a higher risk of diabetes.

signs of pet diabetes

If your pet is diagnosed in diabetes, the good thing is that they can now receive the right treatment and can still live a long, healthy life. Like humans, your pet may undergo regular insulin injections to keep their blood glucose levels at a consistent level. You can also monitor your pets blood glucose levels using a glucometer, such as the CentriVet Glucose Monitoring System, which has been specifically developed for canine and feline blood. Other meters on the market are often human-based meters, which can affect the result if it has not been calibrated for the specific species. This is because the blood glucose distribution between humans, cats and dogs varies significantly between species – as much as 35%:

The CentriVet pet glucose monitoring system offers accurate, quantitative results in seconds, making it easy to monitor your pet’s health. The test itself is easy to perform; simply drop <0.8ul of blood onto the glucose test strip and insert into the meter to get a reading. The benefit of an easy-to-use test allows you to safely monitor your pet’s glucose levels from the comfort of your own home – no more scary trips to the vet, which can often become costly. The CentriVet strips are affordable for routine monitoring, giving you peace of mind when it comes to looking after your pet’s health.

  • Accurate, quantitative results in seconds
  • Affordable for routine monitoring
  • Easy-to-use for home use



Starter kits now available to purchase online!


  • CentriVet Meter
  • 1 Pack of glucose test strips (25 strips)
  • Glucose control solution
  • Pack of 50 safety lancets

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CentriVet’s products are distributed exclusively in the UK by Rapid Labs Ltd. For more information about the range, please contact us at vet@rapidlabs.co.uk.


  1. Mattin et al (2014). An epidemiological study of diabetes mellitus in dogs attending first opinion practice in the UK. The Veterinary Record 174 (14): 349
  2. 2018 PAW Report, PSDA. Last accessed 29th October 2019 at https://www.pdsa.org.uk/media/4372/paw-2018-full-web-ready-a4-printable.pdf