|Barked: Tue Feb 16, '10 11:57am PST |
|Here is some info from our favorite vet Dr. Q!
Diabetes is unfortunately common in cats and dogs. More so in pets who are overweight to begin with. Most pets respond well to insulin therapy, but continue to be on insulin the rest of their lives. It can be costly in that they need to also be on special diabetic dog food and get insulin, but also follow up monitoring is costly. The goal usually is to keep the blood sugar under 300 for most of the day (this will prevent diabetic cataracts from forming if they haven't already). Once a pet is well regulated on a good insulin dose (which is found out by starting a dose, then doing a glucose curve in 7-10 days), then we can use less expensive tests like Fructosamine every 3-4 months to monitor. Lots of vets have lots of ways to monitor, so if you have more questions, just let me know. JSQ
Jessica Quillivan DVM
Shady Brook Animal Hospital
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