Purina introduces products to help manage feline diabetes at home

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Nov 01, 2001
By dvm360.com staff

Purina introduces two new products to help monitor cats with diabetes. The Purina Glucotest brand Feline Urinary Glucose Detection System and Purina DM Diabetes Management brand Feline Formula, both canned and dry form, offer excellent tools to improve at-home monitoring and management of feline diabetes, according to the company.

Once diagnosed, diabetes mellitus requires regular glucose monitoring that can tax even the most dedicated cat owner, the company says. Current at-home monitoring methods use dipsticks or blood sampling ­ both difficult and cumbersome techniques. But without regular monitoring, the pet's condition can worsen before obvious clinical signs appear. In addition, dietary management of diabetes should use a food formulated for a cat's metabolism, the company says.

Available only through veterinarians, Glucotest alerts owners of changes in urine glucose levels that may require veterinary attention. The pet owner mixes a packet of the Glucotest indicator pieces into the cat box filler. When the pieces come in contact with urine, they change color. Specific colors indicated different urine glucose levels, and can alert the owner when the cat may need veterinary attention, the company says.

Purina DM Diabetes Management provides high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates to work with a cat's unique metabolism to help control glucose release after a meal, the company says. This effect may benefit diabetic cats by allowing blood glucose levels to more closely match cellular uptake of glucose.

For fastest response call (800) 222-VETS or visit the Web site at www.purinavets.com .