Initial Consultation after Diabetes mellitus is Diagnosed

Give the cat owner a thorough explanation about:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • insulin therapy
  • injection technique - see the pet owner site for diagrams and videos about injecting insulin using a syringe, or click here to watch an instructional video for VetPen®.
  • stabilization (usually takes around 1-2 months and may even take up to 6 months)
  • lifestyle changes (routine, diet and exercise)
  • Accurately weigh the cat
  • Perform a thorough clinical examination to ensure that there are no other underlying diseases or complications.
  • Calculate the initial Caninsulin dose. Read more about Calculation of initial insulin dosage.
  • Discuss with the owner a daily routine, with regard to insulin injections and meal type and times that suits both the owner and their cat.

More information for pet owners

See www.pet-diabetes.com, a website for owners of diabetic dogs and cats.

For a list of useful websites see Links.

treatment of feline diabetes

Make sure the pet owner understands that consistent treatment should mean that their diabetic cat can live a happy, healthy life. This is crucial: the pet owner's complete cooperation is essential to the success of treatment.