In a message dated 8/1/06 4:30:56 PM, maurenemm@...
> The bad news was that she's lost 4 pounds and her
> bloodwork indicates she might be diabetic.
How high was the blood glucose? If it's consistently over 250 mg/dL, then
it's suspicious. And if it is over that...and she's rapidly losing
weight...starting treatment sooner rather than later would be a good idea, b/c the cat is at
risk of ketoacidosis, among other things.
Also, what does the cat eat (brand, flavor, canned or dry)? Diet has a direct
and major effect on blood glucose.
Any other values out of range? Thyroid? Liver? Kidneys?
> I need to get a urine
> sample to them for further testing.
That would be a good idea. You can even do that at home with Diastix or
Ketodiastix (available OTC at most pharmacies). If you're consistently getting more
than a trace of glucose in the urine, it raises the suspicion of diabetes.
One other test, if the blood and urine aren't conclusive is a fructosamine,
which gives an average glucose reading over several wks...and is not affected
> Anyone have experience with a cat with HCM AND diabetes?
> Do any of
> the treatments interfere with each other?
Not as far as I know. The better control of the blood glucose, the less
stress on the entire body.
> Poor kitty -
> she also has a bad tooth that may need to be pulled (and maybe
> explains the weight loss if it isn't diabetes???).
Could be a contributing factor. A dental (or any) infection can also raise
blood sugar. // Rosemary
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