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Diabetes Classification in Cats
Several classification systems have been used to describe diabetes mellitus. A human classification system revised in 1997 divides the disease into three types: Type 1 (previously insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus), Type 2 (previously non–insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes mellitus), and other specific types of diabetes mellitus (previously secondary or Type 3 diabetes mellitus).
Diabetes in cats more closely resembles Type 2 diabetes in people in that it is believed to be associated with a relative rather than absolute deficiency in insulin. Like people with Type 2 diabetes, dietary manipulation plays an important role in the management of diabetes in cats. Cats differ in that most cats need to treated with exogenous insulin in order to maintain adequate regulation.
Although diabetes in cats is similar to Type 2 diabetes, chronic hyperglycemia will typically lead to glucose toxicity will lead to loss of pancreatic function, resulting in insulin requirement. With proper treatment, including dietary manipulation and insulin therapy, pancreatic function can return and remission can be achieved.
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Important Safety Information:
Vetsulin® should not be used in dogs known to have a systemic allergy to pork or pork products. Vetsulin is contraindicated during periods of hypoglycemia. Keep out of reach of children. As with all insulin products, careful patient monitoring for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia is essential to attain and maintain adequate glycemic control and prevent associated complications. Overdosage can result in profound hypoglycemia and death. The safety and effectiveness of Vetsulin in puppies, breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs has not been evaluated. See package insert for full information regarding contraindications, warnings, and precautions.
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