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Vet said he was borderline diabetic what are the guidelines

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Vet said he was borderline diabetic what are the guidelines for sugar levels in a 17 year old cat. He has the symptoms of weak hind legs and stopping and laying down after 10 feet or so.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the cat. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Flip
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Flip?
Customer: does not show any indication that he is hurting at all
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Sleeps most of the time but I guess that is typical of a cat.
Expert:  Terri replied 3 months ago.

Hello,

I am sorry Flip is not feeling well. Many cats that were diabetic and eating dry food turn around and become nonndiabetic when switched to canned food only.

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/brochure_diabetes.cfm

Please read article written by a feline vet:

www.catinfo.org

guidelines:http://petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/Blood_sugar_guidelines

It is possible Flip has hypokalemia. That is a fancy way of saying low potassium. It causes muscle weakness and lethargy.

The cure is a potassium supplement which his vet can provide:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/hypokalemia-or-low-potassium-levels-in-cats/288

In the meantime feed him canned food sprinkle an eighth of tsp of Mrs Dash salt substitute once a day.

If he gets dehydrated give him tuna water drained from the can.

Please let me know how he is doing .

Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback; that is the only way I receive credit for my assistance. Thank you very much!

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Kind regards,

Terri

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Terri sorry thank you for the response but I can not print out a copy that I can read. Can you change the font?
Expert:  Terri replied 3 months ago.

You are more than welcome.

It is my pleasure to help such a wonderful person.

Are you unable to read my answer?

Expert:  Terri replied 3 months ago.

Is this any better?

Hello,

I am sorry Flip is not feeling well. Many cats that were diabetic and eating dry food turn around and become nonndiabetic when switched to canned food only.

http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/health_information/brochure_diabetes.cfm

Please read article written by a feline vet:

www.catinfo.org

guidelines:http://petdiabetes.wikia.com/wiki/Blood_sugar_guidelines

It is possible Flip has hypokalemia. That is a fancy way of saying low potassium. It causes muscle weakness and lethargy.

The cure is a potassium supplement which his vet can provide:

http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/hypokalemia-or-low-potassium-levels-in-cats/288

In the meantime feed him canned food sprinkle an eighth of tsp of Mrs Dash salt substitute once a day.

If he gets dehydrated give him tuna water drained from the can.

Please let me know how he is doing .

Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback; that is the only way I receive credit for my assistance. Thank you very much!

Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed, at no additional charge.

Kind regards,

Terri