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Q. My 11yr. old cat is overweight,diet not worked,in 2yrs.Now excessive thirst & loss control of bladder. Is it diabetes? Can I give her added chromium?

A. I'm sorry you're going through this. The pervading belief in veterinary medicine is that chromium, while potentially helpful in managing human diabetes, seems to be ineffective in our veterinary patients. Often times for cats we can manage the disease with a high protein/low carb diet alone, but if this has failed in your cat then unfortunately the only option I see for regulation at this point is insulin injections.

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DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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A. It could be diabetes but it could also be kidney disease, liver disease, thyroid problem, or an infection. She should be examined by a vet to determine the cause. Your vet can run labwork to diagnose and prescribe the appropriate medications. I don't recommend giving her anything until a diagnosis is made.

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DR. LEIGH PUSATERI, DVM

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