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Just how low-carb should you go with diabetic cats?


Claire Fellman, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP, shares the pros and cons of low-carb vs "ultra" low-carb diets in cats with diabetes.

In an interview with dvm360®, Claire Fellman, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP, spoke about the different options available when it comes to which clinicians should restrict carbohydrates for diabetic cats. Each case needs to be considered individually, as lower carbs might not always be "better" for a particular patient.

View the video below for the entire discussion. The following is a partial transcript.

Claire Fellman, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVCP: "We know that carbohydrate restriction is an important part of management of diabetic cats, but I think the evidence is less clear in how aggressive you need to be in that...I think it's just important to recognize that there's not one right answer. If the cat won't eat a diabetic prescription diet, we do have alternatives."

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