The Importance of Wellness Bloodwork and Early Detection, by Dr. Jennifer Fletcher We would like to share a story with you about a recent patient that was diagnosed with a serious condition known as Diabetes. Lola is a 10 year old female cat whose owner brought her in for her yearly physical exam and vaccines. Her owner had noticed some weight loss recently but Lola had always been a bigger cat. Other than the weight loss, Lola was acting completely normal at home. Aside from some tartar on her teeth, Lola appeared to be a completely healthy cat on her physical exam. Lola’s owner decided to take advantage of the wellness bloodwork offered here at AHDC, which revealed that Lola has diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which cats become resistant to the insulin that their body makes, resulting in high blood sugar and sugar in their urine. With proper management of diet, insulin injections, weight loss and blood sugar measurements, most cats do quite well with this disease. Some cats may even be able to be taken off insulin all together. All too often though, this disease is found in the pet after it has been present for some time and become very sick from the lack of insulin. In Lola’s case, her diabetes was detected early on her wellness bloodwork. She started her insulin injections yesterday and we will be monitoring her progress very closely. Call us to discuss wellness bloodwork in your pet today!