diabetes mellitus

CALL Your Pet’s Doctor, That’s What He’s There For

CALL Your Pet’s Doctor, That’s What He’s There For

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 […]

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Using Glargine Insulin Safely In Cats

Using Glargine Insulin Safely In Cats

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 […]

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Diabetic Pet Basics All Owners Need To Know

Diabetic Pet Basics All Owners Need To Know

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 […]

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Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Cats

Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Cats

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 […]

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Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Dogs

Causes Of Diabetes Mellitus In Dogs

 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 […]

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Glucose Curves In Dog And Cat Diabetes Regulation

Glucose Curves In Dog And Cat Diabetes Regulation

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. […]

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Diabetes Insipidus In Dogs

Diabetes insipidus (DI)comes in two forms. One is an aberration of the central nervous system (CNS) which results in poor body control of water balance. The other is caused by the kidneys’ inability to respond to the hormone produced by the CNS, resulting in identical clinical signs. The former condition is more common. Diabetes insipidus […]

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Cataracts In Dogs

Cataract is defined as “an opacity of the crystalline lens of the eye” (credit Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 25th Edition). This definition is often expanded to include the capsule, or outer covering of the lens.   Throughout life the canine lens produces new fibers. These fibers are contained inside the capsule, preventing the lens from […]

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At The Laboratory With My Pet’s Doctor, Chemistry Profile II

In our ongoing series about how and why your pet’s doctor chooses laboratory tests, and what the results mean, we continue our look at the Chemistry Profile.  Click here to read Part 1.  Click here to read about the Complete Blood Count (CBC).   Click here to read about urinalysis. Glucose. Everybody knows glucose. It’s also […]

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