Care of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats
ASSOCIATED VETERINARY SPECIALISTS' INTERNAL MEDICINE VETERINARIANS PROVIDE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE FOR OUR VETERINARY PATIENTS.
The regulation of diabetes in dogs and cats can sometimes be challenging and some pets have underlying health problems that require the expertise of a veterinary internal medicine specialist.
Associated Veterinary Specialists employs a team approach to these cases. An internist and a veterinary technician will work together to manage the diabetes for each individual patient. After the initial workup and treatment plan, one of our doctors may recommend that your pet's blood sugar be monitored with a glucometer manufactured by Abbott Laboratories (www.alphatrakmeter.com). This device is called AlphaTRAK 2 and it is a veterinary specific device calibrated for use in dogs and cats. The calibration is even different for each species. Human glucometers are often not accurate for use in animals and therefore their usage is discouraged. After the initial consultation, frequently, adjustments in the insulin dosage can be made over the telephone or via email as needed.
Diabetic dogs and cats can often live a long healthy life with the help of our veterinary team. Diabetic pets are seen as outpatients three or four times a year to make sure their individual needs are met and any new problems are detected early.
In Missouri, most diabetic products can be obtained without a prescription and it behooves the pet owner to shop around for the best prices on these products. When at AVS for an appointment, make sure you inquire about where to obtain these materials.