Cat with diabetes.?

Cat with diabetes.? Topic: Euthanasia research information
July 15, 2019 / By India
Question: My cat has been diagnosed with diabetes upon a visit to a second vet. I just found out that the first vet discovered elevated blood sugar as well as sugar in the urine. I know there are other reasons for a cat to have elevated blood sugar (ie stress) but is there another reason for sugar in the urine. I am concerned the that first vet missed the diagnosis and my cat has suffered for months after I was told he is just old. Thanks... My cat is currently at the vet for 5 days for glucose regulation. We are getting it under control but I want to know if I should say anything to the other vet. There are actually many pending lawsuits against this vet for misdiagnosis...
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Elanor Elanor | 6 days ago
Hi Keri..I am a diabetic kitty caretaker, too. When she was dx almost 6 years ago, the vet I was using then waited nearly 3 weeks before he began the insulin therapy and we got her on the low carb foods. I thought this was rather suspicious and even called another hospital for advice. But he was a 'nice' doctor and he seemed to know what he was talking about..was just so busy (one dr clinic) and the time lapse was his schedule was so full. When she was diagnosed, I began my research on this illness. There is certainly more information now than even 6 years ago and I hope you have found the feline diabetes website. If not, I have attached the link. They have a wealth of information on foods, giving insulin, hometesting, message board for questions. Now back to your question. If your kitty continued for months with elevated BG levels, he was miserable. I think some veterinarians are not up on the newest technology and when kitties are diagnosed with serious illnesses they will actually recommend euthanasia. Feline diabetes is not new and in fact one of the top 3 illnesses for senior kitties. If he was not 'up' on treatment--and no excuse for him not to be, the vet should have recommended you seek advice from another vet instead of letting your kitty suffer. If the other vet practice has had numerous complaints against it, your information on his lack of care for your kitty is worth reporting. If that practice has no more caring or concern for its patients it should be closed and his license suspended. You have to think that if he is treating patients like this in front of the owner...what is he doing with in-hospital patients where the owners are not present? What kind of care are they receiving and is there adequately trained support staff on duty? I am a shy person, kind of quiet and meek, until it comes to my furbabies and then I get assertive, almost aggressive! I am glad you took your kitty to another vet and he is receiving care now. I hope he does well with his insulin and diet. If I can be of any help, please let me know. I am not an expert, but have seen and done much in the last years with my diabetic kitty and my other kitties with senior ailments and sickness. Purrs to you and your sweet kitty.
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Elanor Originally Answered: 28 week Gestation Diabetes test? Did you have gestational diabetes?
I had Gestational Diabetes with my 4th baby. It is a fairly common routine test to have a glucose tolerance test around 24-28 weeks of pregnancy. It is just one of many diagnostic tools doctors use to monitor the health of pregnant women. Many women have the 1 hour glucose tolerance test and some have elevated blood glucose numbers as a result. This does not mean the woman has Gestational Diabetes, though. It only means that a 3 hour glucose tolerance test is warranted. Most women with elevated 1 hour tests go on to have a 3 hour test with normal blood glucose levels. Statistically, only around 5-8% of pregnant women develop Gestational Diabetes. There are many symptoms of diabetes. It is not uncommon for a person with diabetes to experience extreme thirst, excessive urination, hunger, irritability, dry skin, vision problems, and headaches. It is also not uncommon for pregnant women to experience these same symptoms. It is not reliable to diagnose Gestational Diabetes based on symptoms alone. That is where the glucose tolerance test comes in. It is not unusual for some people to have diabetes with no symptoms, this includes women with Gestational Diabetes. I did not have any unusual symptoms before I was diagnosed after my 3 hour test. I did weigh more when I was pregnant with my 4th than I had with my previous 3. But, being overweight does not significantly increase your risk of developing Gestational Diabetes. Eating sugar also has nothing to do with developing Gestational Diabetes. You can not make yourself get Gestational Diabetes. It is caused by pregnancy hormones making cells resistant to insulin. In most cases, a pregnant woman's pancreas can produce adequate amounts of additional insulin, but for some women their pancreas can't keep up. This results in too much glucose (or "sugar") staying in the blood instead of moving into the cells. After I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, I will admit I was upset and scared. However, as I talked with my doctor and the diabetic educator plus read the information they gave me, I felt much better. Following a meal plan designed to keep my intake of carbohydrates fairly consistent was a key part of my management plan. In addition, I had to test my blood glucose levels 4 times each day with a glucose monitor. I was also 38 during this pregnancy so my "advanced maternal age" plus the Gestational Diabetes placed me in a high risk category. I had to transfer my prenatal care to a high risk clinic that had one day during the week where they saw diabetic patients. As part of the monitoring of my health as well as my baby's, I began weekly appointments at 32 weeks. I had the usual prenatal care as well as an ultrasound and a non-stress test every week. In my case, the meal plan and the glucose testing helped me manage my Gestational Diabetes fairly well. Some women do need to take insulin, but I didn't. One of the possible risks for babies born to moms with Gestational Diabetes is that they will gain weight to make them larger than average birth weight. This can make a vaginal delivery difficult because the excess weight tends to build up around the upper body. Sometimes babies need to be induced a bit early or require a c-section, but this isn't always the case. My baby was born at 41 weeks and weighed 6 pounds 14 ounces. I think that it is understandable to be concerned about the glucose test, but if this is your 1 hour test, don't get too worked up about it. Even if you end up with elevated numbers with that test, there's no reason for great concern. If you are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, one of the things that helps the most is get plenty of information as well as ask a lot of questions. It can be hard to eat in a specific way when you have Gestational Diabetes and it is not fun poking your finger for the testing, but generally speaking, additional monitoring during the pregnancy helps detect any problems early. You probably don't have Gestational Diabetes, but if you do develop it, you can relax a bit knowing that you were diagnosed early enough to start management techniques. The problems arise when Gestational Diabetes goes undetected or unmanaged. ADDED: Most women, overweight or not, don't develop Gestational Diabetes. Also, if dizziness is a problem, try increasing your water consumption. Dizziness is much more likely related to dehydration. If it is related to blood sugar, it would be more likely related to low blood sugar, not high. Try eating small meals throughout the day. Eat something with protein at most meals and snacks plus include a healthy carbohydrate such as whole grain bread, brown rice, fat free yogurt, fresh fruit, or skim milk.

Cheri Cheri
Cats are one of the few animals that can get glucosuria from stress. The best way to diagnose a cat is fructosimine levels which assess what the fructose levels (another simple sugar) have been over the preceding few months. Your vet may have not thought your cat was diabetic if it wasn't showing other signs of the disease even if it had a slightly high BG + glucosuria. As for the person who wrote that vets don't know what they are doing with cats and diabetes yadda yadda yadda... I'd still rather have the vets opinion, after all didn't they go to school for that?
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Ash Ash
Hi Please read my profile and contact me so I can help you with this as many vets are not up to date on treatment and some can be dangerous in their recommendations Was your cat peeing and drinking excessively ? This is a question the vet should ask and he should have immediately done a simple blood test to find out if your cats Blood sugar was elevated. Sugar can spill into the urine for other reasons though but that is not an excuse. I don't know what old is but I know of a cat diagnosed at 19 who is now 23 and living the good life A cat CANNOT be regulated at the vets office. If there are no ketones, take her HOME! Are you hometesting? it is the only way to know if it is safe to give insulin as well as giving you the info needed to treat this. I can teach you how If you write, please tell me insulion type, dose, how many times a day you give it, any other health problems, what you are feeding Kanasack is a troll who has harrrased many of my posts due to her own agenda and personal problems and has been reported many times so be wary
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Zeph Zeph
Positive diagnosis of diabetes requires full blood and urinalysis (which was done already) but also regular glucose curves to confirm efficacy of treatment and overall balance of the patient. A glucose curve is a controlled test at your vet's where they draw blood at specific times before and after the administration of insulin to map the curve of glucose levels in the blood. This is important to do on a regular basis initially to a) properly regulate your cat's diabetes, and b) assure that the correct response to the insulin is taking place, because if it's not your vet must either find the correct type of insulin for your cat, or consider another diagnosis (of which there are few that match the same symptoms as diabetes). Good luck.
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Sky Sky
Don't go back to your old vet. That's the best way to tell him loud and clear you are not satisfied with his treatment. If someone asks about him tell the truth. Vets are just like any other provider of a service - if they provide bad service don't use them again and let your friends and family know not to use them. Suing him will cost you more in misery than him, so find yourself another vet you can trust and stick with them. Remember, it is called PRACTICING medicine. Vets make honest mistakes all the time. It sounds like this guy is dangerous, though. Keep your animals away from him
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Sky Originally Answered: How long does it take for lifestyle to cause pre diabetes, then type II diabetes?
Seriously, there is no timeline because it is so variable. One person can live their whole life abusing their bodies and never become diabetic (or anything else). Someone else lives a good healthy life all the time, stays slim and active and eat healthy through their whole life and, bang, they are diabetic. Other people live like normal people, sometimes having a Big Mac but mostly just eating a regular diet and they become diabetic when they get older. Type 1 can come on simply becuase your autoimune system starts attacking your own body for no known reason. However, your being only 19 gives you a good chance of rectifying yourself, clean up your life style, since a young body has more chance of fixing itself before anything shows up. Your body is awfully forgiving, it will try for a very long time to to deal with the punishment you put it through before it starts to breakdown so you might still have a chance. Change your eating habit--eat a healthy breakfast, cut out "white" highly processed foods, cut way down on junk food and fast food, try to cut out processed food (foods that are already pretty uch prepared and you just have to add water, or meals you just have to open and cook to eat). Start reading food labels to see what is in them--if most of it is stuff you can't even pronounce, maybe you should not eat it. Get daily exercise/activity. Cut out the soda and stuff with lots of sugar--drink mostly plain water. Try to get a full night's sleep every night which gives your body some downtime to rebuild, reassess. If you are having symptoms of something, it is far better to go and get tested (or at least talk to your doctor about it) because many things if caught early on can be taken care of before they begin to compromise your life, before they start doing serious damage, and can be cured (or halted) before they get to the point of no return. Pretending nothing is wrong when you suspect something is is no way to face life; better to know what is going on so you have a chance to do something about it. Chances are the doc will tell you nothing is wrong except you've been abusing yourself--and then you won't have to worry about it anymore.

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