Feline Insulin Solutions: A Roundtable Discussion (Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.)

Feline Insulin Solutions: A Roundtable Discussion (Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.)

FELINE DIABETES 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

Moderator Sara L. Ford, DVM, DACVIM VCA Emergency Animal Hospital San Diego, Calif.
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.

Gary Edlin, DVM East Louisville Animal Hospital Louisville, Ky.
Dr. Gary Edlin: We have about 1,700 feline patients; of these, we treat about 100 diabetic cats.

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP Alamo Feline Health Center San Antonio, Texas
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.

Dr. Ford: Would one of the specialists please comment?

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