COVID-19

We have received many phone calls regarding the policies of our office and appointments in regards to the current COVID-19 mandates from the governor.  Our office will be open during normal hours (7:30am – 5:30pm M-F and 8:00am to noon on Saturday).  All appointments that have been made will still be seen.  If you are ill, please call to reschedule.  MVS is going to continue scheduling appointments and surgeries, however, our staff will be meeting customers at their vehicle, taking your pets history, recording any concerns, and admitting your pets for exams and vaccinations.  Owners will need to wait in their vehicle until we return your pet to you.  Payment will then be collected at that time.  We do have the technology to safely store your credit card information in our software if this is easier for you.  We encourage you to call ahead of your appointment with any concerns so our staff can consult with the vet ahead of time so that we can have recommendations available for you.  Also, feel free to utilize our email to ask questions, send pictures, or communicate concerns ([email protected]).  Where and when appropriate, we will try and prescribe medication or treatment to minimize your exposure to the public setting.  MVS prefers that you call ahead for any products that you need and we will have them ready for your pickup.  We also encourage you to visit our online stores so that you can utilize our home deliveries.  Go to our website www.montfortvet.com and click on the online store button on the top bar.  You will then see that there are 3 stores available to order from.  If you need assistance with registering our office staff will be happy to help. Thank you for your patience through these trying times.


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Diabetes in Cats: Prevention and Treatment

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Diabetes in cats, also known as feline diabetes mellitus, is an increasingly common disease affecting 1 out of every 400 cats. Obesity is the leading risk factor for diabetes.

"Overweight or obese cats are two to four times more likely to develop diabetes than cats with a healthy body weight," says board-certified veterinary nutrition specialist Dorothy Laflamme, DVM, PhD, DACVN.

Warning Signs

Diabetes is a progressive disease. In the early stages, a cat may try to compensate for the body’s inability to metabolize glucose by increasing food consumption. Symptoms of early diabetes are frequent urination, increased thirst and appetite, and unexplained weight loss. Kidney disease and hyperthyroidism are two diseases that can mimic the symptoms of diabetes. A veterinarian can diagnose diabetes using blood and urine tests.

Treating Diabetes

All diabetic cats are started on insulin. Your veterinarian will decide which kind of insulin to use, what dose should be administered, and will show you how to give these injections at home. Don't worry, the needles are very small and many cats don't even know they're being injected. Your cat will need monitoring to determine the response to treatment, this may include both blood tests and indicators you use in the litter box. Dietary changes to a high protein, low-carbohydrate diet are essential to help diabetic cats regulate blood sugar levels. The good news is that 70% of these patients eventually do not need insulin.

Advanced Diabetes

Some cats may require hospitalization following a diabetes diagnosis. These cats are typically suffering from a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when fatty-acid by-products build up in the blood stream. These byproducts, known as ketones, build up because of the cat’s inability to metabolize glucose. Symptoms of DKA include the smell of acetone on the cat’s breath (similar to nail polish remover), extreme lethargy, vomiting, and rapid, labored breathing.

Without intervention, a severely diabetic cat may slip into a diabetic coma and even die. Diabetes can also lead to other health complications, including kidney and bladder infections, abnormal gait due to a neuropathy, and muscle loss.

Life After Diagnosis

Most cats do not require hospitalization. Dietary changes and appropriate treatment can help manage diabetes. A low carbohydrate, high protein canned diet can help control diabetes and may even lead to remission. Your veterinarian can make specific dietary recommendations for your cat.

If you suspect that your cat may be diabetic, contact your veterinarian for an immediate appointment. Early diagnosis is essential to managing diabetes in cats. Dietary changes and appropriate treatment can help manage this condition in cats and prevent further health complications.

Sources:

American Animal Hospital Association

Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine

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