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Quiz: Feline Diabetes Mellitus

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November / December 2016|Web-Exclusive

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Quiz: Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Feline diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that requires understanding and participation by every veterinary team member to appropriately treat the patient at the practice and to help educate the client to provide his or her cat optimum at-home care.

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Diabetes develops when the pancreatic beta cells are unable to produce enough insulin (ie, insulin deficiency) or when cells are unable to appropriately respond to insulin (ie, insulin resistance). Most cats are insulin deficient at the time of diagnosis, but some are insulin resistant.

What percentage of patients are insulin resistant when diagnosed?

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A diabetes mellitus diagnosis requires documentation of persistent hyperglycemia and glucosuria in the face of clinical signs. Once diagnosed, diabetes is managed with a combination of diet and insulin therapy. Serial blood glucose curves are required to monitor insulin therapy response and make dosing adjustments.

How often should blood glucose curves be performed?

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Managing a diabetic patient requires dedication and communication between veterinary team members and clients.

Which key topics should team members discuss with clients who have diabetic pets?

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All team members must share responsibility in the management of a diabetic patient.

Which of the following role(s) best matches each veterinary team member?

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All veterinary team members must be trained in diabetes management.

As supervisor of team and client education, the practice manager is tasked with which important responsibility?

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Team training should focus on developing protocols for diagnosis, treatment, and client education. Some clients may wish to hear only the bottom line, but others will find value in detailed information regarding clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Which of the following correctly lists the key clinical signs associated with diabetes mellitus?

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Continuous monitoring of diabetic patients is crucial.

Which of the following is a life-threatening complication of diabetes mellitus treatment, and what are the associated clinical signs?

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