Understanding and Managing Feline Diabetes Mellitus
At Advanced Animal Care of Mt. Pleasant, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for your feline companions. One common condition that we frequently encounter is feline diabetes mellitus. Understanding this disease is crucial for pet owners to ensure the well-being of their beloved cats.
What is Feline Diabetes Mellitus?
Feline Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disorder characterized by elevated blood glucose levels in cats. This condition occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin produced.
Normal vs. Abnormal Glucose Values in Cats
Normal Blood Glucose Levels: 70-150 mg/dL
Abnormal Blood Glucose Levels: Consistent readings above 200 mg/dL
Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is essential in managing feline diabetes. Our team can guide you on how to perform at-home glucose testing and interpret the results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the symptoms of feline diabetes?
A: Common symptoms include increased thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, lethargy, and changes in appetite.
Q: Can feline diabetes be treated?
A: Yes, feline diabetes can be managed through a combination of insulin therapy, dietary changes, and regular monitoring.
Q: How is feline diabetes diagnosed?
A: Diagnosis involves blood and urine tests to measure glucose levels and rule out other possible causes.
Testing Recommended for Feline Diabetes
- Blood Glucose Monitoring: Regular monitoring helps assess the effectiveness of treatment.
- Fructosamine Test: Provides a snapshot of blood glucose levels over the past few weeks.
- Urinalysis: Detects glucose in the urine, a common sign of feline diabetes.
If you suspect that your cat may have diabetes or if your cat has been diagnosed with the condition, please schedule an appointment with our experienced veterinary team. We will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan for your feline friend.
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