By Audrey K. Cook, BVM&S, MSc Vet Ed, MRCVS, DACVIM-SAIM, DECVIM-CA, DABVP (feline)
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a condition characterized by inadequate insulin secretion by the beta cells of the pancreatic islets. Cats with DM present some unique challenges, and management strategies for feline diabetics are considerably different from those recommended for their canine counterparts. Practitioners need to understand the processes that drive this disease in cats, and strive to create plans tailored to the specific needs of both the patient and the owner. Recommendations regarding best practices have changed substantially over the last 20 years, and have impacted how diabetic cats are fed, treated, and monitored.1,2 In addition, novel therapeutic options are on the horizon and can be expected to dramatically impact ho...
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