The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has launched a feline diabetic remission clinic as researchers attempt to discover the best treatment of the condition in cats.
Small animal specialist Stijn Niessen and his team have launched the clinic in the college’s Queen Mother Hospital for Animals in Hertfordshire to investigate optimum methods to achieve good control and, ultimately, diabetic remission in cats.
Cats will benefit from optimum diabetic management, said the college, while contributing to scientific knowledge on the best treatment for diabetic cats.
Feline diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease that can significantly decrease the quality of life of both cat owners and their pets. However, a proportion of diabetic cats can achieve diabetic remission and no longer require insulin therapy, which is increasingly considered the ultimate goal in treating diabetic cats.
Early evidence suggests good, early blood glucose control increases remission rates in diabetic cats. However, there is little evidence about which treatment protocol offers the best blood glucose control and chance of remission.
Dr Niessen said: “Our mission is to investigate the best method of achieving good blood glucose control and diabetic remission in diabetic cats.
“The clinic also aims to identify predictors of diabetic remission, which will help vets advise their clients on the chance of a cat achieving diabetic remission in the future.
“Interestingly, most cats seem to suffer from a similar type of diabetes as most humans. We always suspected cats to be extremely wise, but isn’t it interesting to know that they also might hold the answer to many questions we have about the human disease?”
The clinic is recruiting cats that have had diabetes for less than four months for a clinical trial, examining the effect of new insulins on blood glucose control and remission rate.
Enrolled cats will qualify for full underlying disease assessment at the referral hospital, several re-examination appointments, 12 months of prescription diabetic food, and 6 months of insulin therapy – all at no cost to owners.
For more information on the trial or the work of the clinic, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01707 666 605. Alternatively, visit www.facebook.com/RVC.Diabetic.Remission.Clinic