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Diabetic Cats

March 24th, 2020

The factors which increase the chances of achieving diabetic remission in cats include:

  • Low carbohydrate diet
  • Long acting insulin eg glargine
  • Older age
  • Early institution of tight glycemic control
  • Recent steroid administration
  • Absence of diabetic neuropathy
  • Lower serum cholesterol concentration

The protocol for achieving diabetic remission needs to be matched with the right owner. If you have a newly diagnosed diabetic cat case, consider referral to the internal medicine service of NVS for discussion as to whether the cat and owners are good candidates for a diabetic remission protocol.

Hypothyrodism – When Will Clinical Signs Likely Resolve?

March 17th, 2020

When treating hypothyroidism in dogs, it is important to set realistic time frames for resolution of clinical signs. As a rough guide, clinical signs should respond within the following timelines with appropriate treatment:

  • Mentation and activity = 2-7 days
  • Lipaemia and other clinical pathologic changes = 2-4 days
  • Dermatologic abnormalities = 2-4 months
  • Neurological abnormalities = 1-3 months
  • Cardiac abnormalities = 1-2 months
  • Reproductive abnormalities¬† = 3-10 months