"Our patient is a 12 year old male neutered tiger cat named “Chicco.” He presented in October 2014 for weight loss. Routine cbc and chemistries were normal and a urine sample was not attainable at the time. The owner was advised to follow up with urinalysis at their convenience. The cat was not seen again until November 2015 with 5 ½ pounds of weight gain and urinating large amounts. We again ran a cbc, chemistry, and were able to collect urine for a urinalysis via cystocentesis. His cbc was normal and his blood chemistries were all normal except for a mildly elevated blood glucose at 221 micrograms/deciliter.
Chicco’s urinalysis results demonstrated a specific
gravity of 1.024, 2+ protein, pH 7.0, negative for ketones, and a 2+ glucose.
Microscopically there were 3-5 WBC’s per high power field and 2+cocci
bacturia. At this time, we diagnosed diabetes mellitus with a secondary
UTI. Our treatment plan was simple. We needed to get our patient
to lose weight in a manner that would also allow for better glycemic control
and we needed to treat the UTI. The UTI was treated with an injection of
Convenia at the request of the owner since giving the cat oral medications was
quite difficult. The difficulty with our plan was that the best way to achieve
the weight loss and glycemic control traditionally meant a high protein, low
carbohydrate canned food diet and our patient, being a cat, refuses to eat any
form of canned food.
Enter our savior, one of our long-standing clients who
happens to work at a local pet food company. Our client had been in a while
back super excited to talk about the new foods for cats and dogs that her
company had developed. After getting some samples and reading about the product
and some of the other testimonials, I started getting excited too! A dry cat
food that was metabolically appropriate! This fits the bill for most owners
because of convenience and for veterinarians because of the content. We started our tiger cat, “Chicco”, on the Young Again ZERO
One month later, we were extremely pleased that our patient’s drinking
and urination patterns had returned to normal, he had lost a full pound, his
urine glucose was negative, and his blood glucose was 124
micrograms/deciliter. With just a diet change we were able to resolve his
current health issues. Thanks Young Again!!"
Sincerely, Dr. Meaghan Swensen, Lakes Veterinary and Surgical Center, Lindstrom, MN