Practical guidelines for treating sick diabetic dogs and cats
Dogs and cats with uncomplicated diabetes mellitus classically present with polyuria, polydipsia, weight loss, an increased appetite, and lethargy. These patients typically remain quite well and the main treatment focus is on long-term management. The importance of the compensatory role of polydipsia and polyphagia in the pathophysiology of diabetes becomes apparent when these compensatory mechanisms fail. Any concurrent illness in diabetic patients that causes inappetence or anorexia and vomiting can be rapidly complicated by dehydration, depression, and ketosis. These animals require prompt resuscitative therapy that results in the majority recovering within 24‑48 hours to a standard treatment protocol. Diabetic dogs and cats that present with inappetence or anorexia have at least one concurrent disease, with acute pancreatitis the most common diagnosis in dogs, and liver disease and pancreatitis the most common concurrent conditions reported in cats. Management of concurrent pancreatitis and diabetes presents a clinical challenge. Pancreatitis can be difficult to diagnose, has an unpredictable clinical course, and results in metabolic derangements including ketoacidosis. Come along to learn about protocols that are easy to follow and practical guidelines that will enable you to achieve successful outcomes for these patients.
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Dr Linda Fleeman BVSc PhD MANZCVS
Dr Linda Fleeman runs Animal Diabetes Australia, which is a clinical service that specifically caters for diabetic dogs and cats in Melbourne. Linda is an internationally renowned expert on the treatment of diabetes in dogs and is regularly invited to speak on this topic at international and national forums. Throughout her career, she has worked in both university referral practice and private practice, and her primary focus for more than 20 years has been on all aspects of diabetes in dogs and cats.
Linda graduated from the University of Queensland and completed a Small Animal Medicine Internship at Murdoch University and a Residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Melbourne. This was followed by a PhD at the University of Queensland on the clinical management of diabetes mellitus in dogs. She held positions as Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Queensland and Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Sydney before founding Animal Diabetes Australia in 2010.