Jun 24, 2011

Where is Dr Kate?

Dr Kate is at the annual conference of the International Society of Feline Medicine (that's the ISFM) in the beautiful city of Vienna keeping up to date with the latest information and trends in cat medicine from all over the world!
It is wonderful to concentrate on just cats and to hear the experience of vets from a wide variety of situations.
Today we heard all about cats' endocrine (or gland) diseases, so common in our older cats.
The common ones are hyperthyroidism and diabetes, but others such as acromegaly, a growth hormone disorder, and diseases of the adrenal gland are being diagnosed more often too.
There is much controversy over the treatment of hyperthyroidism in the veterinary world, but if some research work I heard about today is confirmed with further trials the arguments might be a thing of the past.
Simply controlling the iodine content of the diet in a specific way may treat feline hyperthyroidism!
This will be good news for many of you and I hope that the research work is completed and the special diet makes it onto the Australian market at a reasonable price very soon.
I'll bring you more breaking news as it happens here in Vienna.

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