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Common health problems affecting the older cat. Click on the disorders in orange to find out more.
Advantage of home monitoring
Some suggested advantages of home blood glucose monitoring for owners of diabetic cats, the cats and their veterinary surgeons.
Yaiza qualified from the Complutense University in Madrid in 2003. She was resident in Feline medicine at the University of Liverpool between 2005 and 2008 and a senior clinician in small animal medicine at the Animal Health Trust from 2012 to 2014. In 2014, she became lecturer in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College in London.
Yaiza is interested in all aspects of feline medicine as well as canine and feline endocrinology. She has a particular interest in unravelling the genetics behind the diseases our pets suffer from. Yaiza conducted a PhD in the pathogenesis of feline diabetes mellitus at the Royal Veterinary College. She was the first in the world to perform a Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) of diabetes mellitus and acromegaly in cats, and thereby identified part of the genetic basis for these diseases. Yaiza also forms an integral part of some of the RVC’s unique clinics including the Feline Diabetic Remission Clinic and the Hypophysectomy Clinic. Additionally, Yaiza is interested in identifying the link between diabetes and pancreatitis, as well as optimising treatment protocols for these patients.
DVM Dip. ECVIM-CA
(Internal Medicine) MRCVS
Queen Mother Hospital for Animals
Royal Veterinary College
Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms
Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
Volume 25(3), Autumn 2015
Home monitoring of
the feline diabetic
by Yaiza Forcada
“Clinical signs will never lie;
all glycaemic parameters can and on occasion will do so, especially if clinicians and owners focus only on the numbers of the glycaemic tests and ignore what the clinical picture is telling them.”
The home monitoring of diabetic cats is an extremely useful tool with significant benefits for patients, owners and veterinary surgeons. The veterinary surgeon should have a flexible approach towards the tools that are employed to obtain the most satisfactory results for each cat and owner combination. In general, no one single management recipe will be appropriate or successful for all cases; however, the veterinary surgeon should always combine the information obtained from the blood glucose curves with that of the clinical signs displayed by the cat, prior to making any changes or adjustments to the insulin dose. In most cases, performing home monitoring of diabetic cats will result in improved quality of life for the cat and an improved professional relationship between the veterinary surgeon and the owner.
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