is one of the most common and challenging diseases you'll encounter in small-animal practice. Treatment can be confusing
because each patient is unique and management options continue to evolve. Whether faced with a newly diagnosed diabetic cat
or an unregulated long-term patient, the entire veterinary team and the client must work together for successful management.
To assist in your treatment recommendations, a panel of veterinary specialists and general practitioners recently convened
to discuss their real-world experiences in providing successful care to diabetic cats. All the participants have a strong
interest in feline diabetes prevention and management and have extensive experience in treating diabetic cats.
Prevalence and prognosis
Dr. Sara L. Ford (moderator): The first question we'll tackle is the prevalence of feline diabetes in our practices. We'll start with Dr. Edlin since he
is in general practice with a more representative sampling.
Moderator Sara L. Ford, DVM, DACVIM VCA Emergency Animal Hospital San Diego, Calif.
Dr. Gary Edlin: We have about 1,700 feline patients; of these, we treat about 100 diabetic cats.
Gary Edlin, DVM East Louisville Animal Hospital Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy: I have about 15,000 to 18,000 feline patients in my practice. We diagnose a new case of feline diabetes about three times
a month, and we typically have at least 50 active diabetes cases at any one time. A few of these are referrals, but the vast
majority are my primary care patients.
Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP Alamo Feline Health Center San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Ford: Would one of the specialists please comment?