Sammy - Diabetic Ketoacidosis
Sammy presented to AAE due to respiratory distress and vomiting. Sammy had been diagnosed as a diabetic by his referring veterinarian but his response to the initial insulin treatment was poor. After a thorough evaluation it was determined that continued hyperglycemia had led to a condition called ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis occurs when an excessive production of ketone bodies, metabolic products usually derived from fatty acids within the liver, are excreted in the urine. This process often occurs in uncontrolled diabetic mellitus patients and can cause life-threatening illness. After several days of intensive critical care, Sammy recovered and is currently doing well on an alternative insulin more suitable for him. Sammy is a wonderful cat and a great patient. We are always happy to see him when his owner drops by for a visit!