Controlling diabetes in cats is about quality of life, not a number

I’ve felt extremely frustrated with the treatment of my diabetic patients over the past five years. I read veterinary journals and go to continuing education programs on feline diabetes, but I don’t get the rates of remission or the tight control of blood sugar readings that have been promoted in academia and publications. I spoke about this with another feline specialist, Dr. Gary Norsworthy from San Antonio, at a conference in February, and he agreed with me. I then contacted all of the other American Board of Veterinary Practitioners feline practice specialists – there are 87 of us – and found that most of them shared my feelings about diabetic regulation.

In September, 15 boarded feline specialists got together at the annual American Association of Feline Practitioners conference for a roundtable discussion on the management of feline diabetes. It was a…

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