ISFM has put together clinical updates and advice called ‘practice pointers’. These include guidelines for vets, nurses and owners.
Feline diabetes mellitus
- Practice pointer – feline diabetes mellitus
There are key differences between diabetes in cats and dogs. Notably, disease is type 2 in cats and, in many cases, is transient in nature. This ‘Practice Pointers’ article, from International Cat Care’s Veterinary Advisory Panel (formerly the FAB Feline Expert Panel), discusses risk factors for feline diabetes, provides tips for achieving early diagnosis, and highlights priorities in insulin and dietary management and patient monitoring, as well as potential complications.
- Vet nurse pointer – Supporting the diabetic cat and its owner
This article highlights priorities for nurses to focus on when dealing with a diabetic cat.
- Cat owner pointer – Diabetes: what does it mean for my cat and me?
This article addresses the practicalities of dealing with a diabetic cat.
- Client instruction sheet
For use by vets and vet nurses to give to cat owners to help them monitor their cat’s diabetes.
Feline blood transfusions
- Practice pointer – Feline blood transfusions: practical guidelines for vets
This ‘Practice Pointers’ article is complemented by practical guidelines for vet nurses, and an information sheet for owners on offering their cat as a blood donor. Together the series is intended to improve the practice of blood transfusions and, in turn, the welfare of the cats involved.
- Vet nurse pointer – Feline blood transfusions: practical guidelines for vet nurses
- Cat owner pointers – Offering your cat to be used as a blood donor