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Re: [IP] Dogs in DKA
My 14 year old cat developed DM almost 3 years ago...and is doing
wonderfully! He lets me or my mother give him his injections of ultralente
and humalog twice a day without any problem. He know that he gets canned
food, so he has no problem...if he doesn't want the injection, he doesn't get
He was down to 8.3# when diagnosed, from 16# and amazingly never got to
ketoacidosis...we checked his urine...nothing.
When I asked the vet what is done for diabetic pets, his reply was 'most
people put them down.' I immediately responded that I had had this disease
for longer than I had my cat and that my mother chose not to put me down...
I went in the next day with a bottle of ultralente and syringes and learned
to give him his shots. I added the unit of humalog a month later and then
his sugars returned to normal.
Who better to care for a diabetic pet than a person that is not only
completely devoted to that animal, but also a diabetic themselves!
Roxanne Villanueva RD, LD
In a message dated 01/01/2001 08:38:30 PM Eastern Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< A friend of mine has a can that has been on 2 shots a day of NPH for a
and a half now and is doing wonderful. The cat lets him, his wife or his son
give it the shots with out any problem but, when I have done it (when they
are away) the cat gives me one hell of a hard time. I try and explain that I
understand fully how he feels and that I did the same for many years but he
does not care. Maybe he's upset that they don't make pumps for cats!
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