The Diabetic Cat: more than just insulin injections

Live webinar date: 28th November 2018 8pm

A diagnosis of diabetes can be a daunting prospect for many owners. It is a serious illness, but can be treated very effectively, using a combination of insulin and diet. This webinar will discuss the causes, diagnosis and management of diabetes, guiding owners of diabetic cats on what to expect and how to optimise treatment and in some cases, help their cat into remission from the disease. The webinar will also cover ways cat owners can, in some cases, prevent their cat developing diabetes.

Learning objectives

 – Identify the signs a cat may be suffering from diabetes, e.g. drinking and urinating more, weight loss despite a good appetite.
– Discuss the diagnosis of diabetes and the problem caused by stress induced high blood glucose in the veterinary clinic
– Understand the management of diabetes, including the types of insulin available and how they are used along with diet.
– Understand how diabetic cats are monitored while on treatment, and that some cats can go into remission and not require further insulin treatment.
– Explain the causes and therefore prevention of diabetes, for example obesity and the use of some medications.

Speaker: Samantha Taylor

Sam Taylor graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009. In 2011 she became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine. As well as working in clinical referral practice at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, she works for International Cat Care specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education, and edits the monthly journal Feline Focus. She is also involved in veterinary further education via the International Society for Feline Medicine as well as lecturing nationally and internationally. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has authored 2 books and numerous book chapters as well as publishing a number of papers on both canine and feline internal medicine.