Friday, June 26, 2015

Feline Acromegaly

Feline Acromegaly

This underdiagnosed glandular is caused by a pituitary tumor, leading to
diabetes that may be difficult or impossible to control.

Chester is a 13 year-old diabetic orange tabby.   When he first presented to my feline-only veterinary hospital five years ago, he had the classic signs of diabetes:  excessive thirst, increased urination, and weight loss despite an exceptionally good appetite.   Making the diagnosis was easy.  Chester’s blood sugar was greater than 400 mg/dl (normal is somewhere in the 80 to 150 range) and he had lots of sugar in his urine.  Most diabetics are male. (He is.)  Most are middle aged. (He was.)  Most are overweight. (He was.)  It was a classic, textbook case.

I prescribed insulin injections twice daily for Chester.  After a couple of minor adjustments, we arrived at the insulin dose that controlled his diabetes:  3 units twice daily.  A typical diabetic cat requires somewhere between 1 and 4 units twice daily.   Finding Chester’s proper insulin dose was almost as easy as making the diagnosis.   Every six months thereafter, I examined Chester, and my physical exam findings, coupled with a few simple blood tests, confirmed that Chester’s diabetes was very well regulated.

And then it wasn’t.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Shelter Cats Rule - Student Noah Glassman talks with Dr. Arnold Plotnick and other Feline Pros about Shelter Cats

Way to go Noah!! Great job creating this educational social action video about why Shelter Cats Rule!

Noah is a 4th grader making an impact in the feline world by raising awareness about shelter cats.

Enjoy this news story by Noah Glassman Class of 2023, Ethical Culture Fieldston School

Make sure to favorite and share his video. Your shares will go a long way for cats without forever homes... (and sharing will go a long way for Noah too)

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