Happy 19th Birthday Max! Markham’s oldest cat with diabetes?

By March 13, 2013 February 28th, 2019 Uncategorized

From a Markham veterinary hospital:

Max has been a patient at our veterinary hospital in Markham since 1996. Along the years he  always came in for his annual examinations and vaccines. In 2004, when he was 10 years old, we diagnosed him with diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism. Both conditions are relatively common in middle aged to senior cats and most veterinarians in Markham, Stouffville, Richmond Hill, and Toronto are seeing these conditions very often.

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to metabolize glucose properly. Cats with diabetes usually drink and urinate excessively, have an increase in appetite but lose weight. Diagnostic tests usually show a significant elevation in blood glucose and the presence of glucose in the urine. Hyperthyroidism causes extreme weight loss and thirst.

If left untreated, both conditions would lead to an early death within months to years. Max lives still 9 years later!

But it was a bumpy ride… he needed regular injections and his “mom” is an absolute pro with needles now… he needed regular checkups and his blood sugar never was perfect. Many vets in Markham would be amazed how experienced Max’ owner became.

Max’ owner has been doing a great job at allowing us to monitor his diabetes and in making sure he gets his insulin injections every day. Also, Max is a sweet boy and he always cooperates with us when we examine him or when we need to get a blood sample (well, sometimes he acted like a grumpy old man, but don’t tell him that).

Congratulations Max! Keep going strong, we’ll want to put two BIG candles on your cake next year!

Your Doctors and the entire Careteam

Treating Dogs, Cats, Pocket Pets, and Birds in our Markham vet clinic location on Hwy 7.

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