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Yes, he is being treated for diabetes, with lantis 4.5 units 2X/day. His diet we did not change. He has always been a big eater, so in order to keep his weight down have had to strictly adhere to amount of food he is fed (1/3 cup 2X daily dry).
Does diabetic ketoacidosis come on suddenly?
Do you think I should take him to the emergency vet today, or will it be okay to wait until tomorrow morning?
He seems to have lost his appetitie completely. I went and got some canned food and he won't eat that. I will try heating it. But I'm not sure I should give him his insulin shot this evening as he is supposed to have food with it.
Thanks very much,
I wanted to let you know what happened with my cat. I wound up taking him to the Emergency clinic. It turned out he had very low blood sugar--twenty something--and was very dehydrated. After getting on IV fluids he bounced back and was able to eat last night. His blood sugar gradually went up over today to around 180 something. They've advised no insulin for 48 hours. The bloody mucous from his nose--apparently since it appeared to be only from one nostril they are thinking maybe a tumor or polyp. They did say that the congestion was entirely in his nose, not his lungs.They put him on antibiotic although all bloodwork was normal and no fever. I brought him home and he is eating, looks good and he actually seems to be breathing better, too. I don't know whether you have an opinion on what else might have caused the bloody mucous. It's going to be very expensive to do diagnostic work and my inclination may be to not do it, given it will cost so much and then if it's a tumor am I going to do further treatment. I don't want to sound harsh but he is going on 13, and even though he is a wonderful cat it's a dilemma. Anyway, I wonder if you have any other ideas? It even occurred to me that the bloody mucous could be a result of dehydration but I don't know if that makes any sense. (and that doesn't explain the funny congested breathing)And thank you for the link on the diabetes. I will go on and research about the diet. I wonder why my vet did not suggest a diabetic diet. I did not realize you had replied to me until now, I don't know how I missed it but I apologize that I am only accepting to pay you now. Thanks so much,