People with a diabetic cat are advised to have its blood glucose checked by a veterinarian at least once a year. In the past six months, we have treated several pets sick from improper insulin dosage.
Lilly is an example. The ten-year-old cat was brought to us for her annual vaccination and a health exam. Her blood glucose level was 535 mg/dL, about four times higher than normal. It was so high that she was in danger of developing cataracts or nerve degeneration and muscle weakness among other conditions.
Diagnosed with diabetes a year earlier in another state, somehow confusion had arisen over the dosage of insulin the cat was to receive. She was being injected morning and night with one unit of insulin, about ten percent of what was required.
The owner couldn't afford to have the cat hospitalized for insulin stabilization, so a program was established for the owner to follow at home to monitor the cat’s insulin needs. It should take about two weeks to establish the proper dosage, and with the program, the owner can routinely check the dosage. We will be available to help advise the owner should a problem arise.