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Friday, September 10, 2010
Solution for Case 18




Based on clinical assessment the problem list is as follows:
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Putrid smell from oral cavity
  • Underweight
  • Mildly elevated platelets
  • Elevated BUN/CREA
  • Mildly elevated ALT
  • Severely elevated GLUCOSE in blood
  • Glucosuria
  • Proteinuria
  • Hematouria
  • Elevated leukocytes in urine


Tentative diagnosis: Diabetes mellitus.




DDx: Renal glucosuria, stress induced hyperglucemia, acromegaly, hyperthyriodism.


Further Diagnostic tests: Urine culture and sensitivity test for UTI, T4 test.
From history, PE and lab results the confirmatory diagnosis is Diabetes mellitus. The patient’s primary problems are related to his diabetes which accounts for his lethargy, dehydration, and body condition.

The elevated BUN/CREA and total protein are due to dehydration. The hyperglycemia and glucosuria are confimatory findings for the diabetes mellitus. The presence of blood and leukocytes in the urine are likely due to a UTI, urine culture and sensitivity are required.

In stress induced hyperglycemia does not lead to glucosuria. In renal glucosuria or Fanconi syndrome there is not hyperglycemia.

Acromegaly should be suspected in difficult cases of diabetes mellitus. Here acromegaly  was ruled out by PE findings. Physical appearnace duing PE and growth hormone assay can confirm acromegaly.

Some of these symptoms (weight loss, PU/PD, vomiting, and weakness etc.) could also be due to hyperthyroidism. But T4 levels were normal in this cat.

The cause of the malodorous oral cavity could be related to diabetes or renal disease or other causes include abscesses, periodontal disease, and pneumonia.

Vomition may be due to hyperglycemia or elevated BUN/CREA.
Treatment Plan:
  1. IV fluids (without glucose or dextrose)
  2. Insulin
  3. Monitor blood glucose levels


The best insulin for cats is ultralente, which is a long acting insulin. The owner is to monitor blood glucose levels at home and regular insulin (fast acting but short duration) is on hand for emergencies.



Dose of insulin is 0.5U/kg Q12h since his BG is > 360 mg/dL, and recheck BG curve weekly for first month. Once BG is <250 mg/dl, insulin can be adjusted to keep BG less than 250mg/dl.

Antibiotics for UTI based on culture and sensitivity should be administered.
The cat should be put on high fiber diet and semi-moist food should be avoided. Some cats can be maintained on oral hypoglycemic agents such as glipizide.

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