Owners of diabetic dogs and cats will be happy to know we have updated our Diabetic Basics Page. Click here to go to the page to see new information about utilizing the latest insulins properly, safety and scheduling information.
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Do you sometimes take medical steps for your pet without consulting your veterinarian? It’s OK. Many pet owners do, and that’s why it’s our topic of discussion today. Here is an example: I had been seeing a little Cocker spaniel for routine well-patient visits for a couple of years. About seven months ago she came to see […]
Terms owners of diabetic dogs and diabetic cats need to know: (a work in progress, we will be adding many more terms as time allows) detemir: Levemir®, a trademark name of an insulin analog with long duration. diabetic ketoacidosis: an emergency condition resulting from metabolic catastrophe as untreated diabetes causes fats to be metabolized for energy […]
Your kitty has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. At one time diabetic cats were destined to always have diabetes, and many still are. However, we now know that feeding a low-carbohydrate diet and keeping blood glucose (sugar) well-controlled can allow some cats to go into remission. Diabetes remission in cats can be permanent or temporary, but the […]
Why does a perfectly-well-regulated diabetic pet suddenly become disregulated? The possible reasons are many, and we will cover some of them today. Statistically, the single most common disregulating factor is urinary tract infection (UTI). Diabetic dogs and cats often have compromised immune systems, so their normal body defenses don’t work properly. In addition, there is […]
Certain fundamentals apply to every diabetic pet, dog or cat, young or old. These are the things you need to know about the insulin you administer to control his diabetes mellitus. Pick two times of day, exactly 12 hours apart, that you can administer your pet’s insulin. Be consistent, and stick to that schedule as […]
Diabetes mellitus (DM) in dogs and cats has many causes, just as there are multiple causes in people. Canine diabetes mellitus is always Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). Type 1 diabetes results from congenital or acquired failure to produce insulin, requiring insulin replacement therapy by injection. On the other hand, cats may be afflicted by […]
Diabetes mellitus in dogs and catsis a very complicated disease. There is no wonder that pet owners become confused as they begin treatment. In today’s installment, we will discuss the role of the glucose curve. Note: most dogs and cats are administered twice-daily insulin. Management of once-daily insulin patients is different in several significant ways. […]
Fructosamine is formed in dogs’ and cats’ (and people’s) livers by combining the protein albumin with a molecule of glucose. Fructosamine is formed in proportion to glucose levels: pets with unregulated diabetes mellitus have high glucose levels, and, thus, have high fructosamine levels. Fructosamine production doesn’t fluctuate with minute-to-minute blood sugar levels, rather it reflects […]