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Ketosis: What Is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carb diet. The aim of the diet is to try and burn unwanted fat by forcing the body to rely on fat for energy, rather than carbohydrates. Ketosis is also commonly observed in patients with diabetes, as the process can occur if the body does not have enough insulin or is not using insulin correctly. Problems associated with extreme levels of ketosis are more likely to develop in patients with type 1 diabetes compared with type 2 diabetes patients. Ketosis occurs when the body does not have sufficient access to its primary fuel source, glucose. Ketosis describes a condition where fat stores are broken down to produce energy, which also produces ketones, a type of acid. As ketone levels rise, the acidity of the blood also increases, leading to ketoacidosis, a serious condition that can prove fatal. People with type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop ketoacidosis, for which emergency medical treatment is required to av Continue reading >>

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  1. Photorecon

    Hi all....
    Dont know what to think right now, so sad and angry at the same time. I think I've
    been fouled by my vet and victim of his passivity.
    This is my second post on the forum, posted this week asking if diabetes in cat was faithless.
    I was reassured by many and thanks to all.
    Right after the diagnostic came I changed my life beat to wake up at 6, feed, wait 1h, test and
    inject, this is back in early March. Two weeks after, I performed a glucose curve (testing every 2h. for 12h.),
    numbers were all in the mid 300. I send the results to the vet with no reply. This was with Lantus 100 U/ml, one unit morning .5 12h later. Homeworks were made, switch to diabetic diet, monitoring... Like said in my previous post, I could never reach the Vet, just technician telling me that numbers were normal that it will eventually go down. But they never did, always between 300 - 400.
    A second opinion with a vet being more available was required and still, I did my home works and did that.
    Urinary infection was detected last week then Small Kitty almost stopped eating and drinking, barely eating and drinking a little drop of water. I started feeding him and it seemed he was in not that bad of a shape.
    The vet asked for a Ketone test ASAP two days ago. No matter how hard I was trying, I could not get a single drop of urine. Squeezing a full bladder, massaging.. no avail. so I took the day off today to visit my new vet and the a new diagnostic came by.
    KETONE, on the roof, sugar over flood having been to high for too many days. It's now a full scale hospitalization with intravenous water, fast acting insulin; test every 2 h., adjustment and so on... 800 to 1200$ min and at 75% chance the cat would start eating and drinking again.
    I will meet the thief lazy vet at 4pm. Not sure of my strategy, might put him the result of his action straight in the face or implore an emergency action with reasonable expense, will see. No matter what, I'm almost sure my budget will not allow any action plan.
    Meanwhile the cat seems to be in not of a bad shape, numbers are were encouraging yesterday and this morning. By raising the dose to 1 at the morning and 1 at night blood sugar was getting lower, 300.
    Question now is : Is there something that can be done at home, anything ? Will not let this vet kill my cat, if there is no plan the final fate will be done with me holding him in a way that he will not suffer. I know of a place where I go in a small valley where nobody goes (I grew up illicit herb there a few years back there), I'll dig him a nice hole, built a nice cross, puchase concrete and make a tombstone. I'll know he's going to be in a happy place with maybe some trace of weed I had fun enjoying and helping my epilepsy.
    Should I prepare this tombstone or something can be done ? No faith but... feeling so sad..
    Meanwhile I'll start reading about at home euthanasia
    Thanks.

  2. Tuxedo Mom

    Photorecon said: ↑
    Hi all....
    Dont know what to think right now, so sad and angry at the same time. I think I've
    been fouled by my vet and victim of his passivity.
    This is my second post on the forum, posted this week asking if diabetes in cat was faithless.
    I was reassured by many and thanks to all.
    Right after the diagnostic came I changed my life beat to wake up at 6, feed, wait 1h, test and
    inject, this is back in early March. Two weeks after, I performed a glucose curve (testing every 2h. for 12h.),
    numbers were all in the mid 300. I send the results to the vet with no reply. This was with Lantus 100 U/ml, one unit morning .5 12h later. Homeworks were made, switch to diabetic diet, monitoring... Like said in my previous post, I could never reach the Vet, just technician telling me that numbers were normal that it will eventually go down. But they never did, always between 300 - 400.
    A second opinion with a vet being more available was required and still, I did my home works and did that.
    Urinary infection was detected last week then Small Kitty almost stopped eating and drinking, barely eating and drinking a little drop of water. I started feeding him and it seemed he was in not that bad of a shape.
    The vet asked for a Ketone test ASAP two days ago. No matter how hard I was trying, I could not get a single drop of urine. Squeezing a full bladder, massaging.. no avail. so I took the day off today to visit my new vet and the a new diagnostic came by.
    KETONE, on the roof, sugar over flood having been to high for too many days. It's now a full scale hospitalization with intravenous water, fast acting insulin; test every 2 h., adjustment and so on... 800 to 1200$ min and at 75% chance the cat would start eating and drinking again.
    I will meet the thief lazy vet at 4pm. Not sure of my strategy, might put him the result of his action straight in the face or implore an emergency action with reasonable expense, will see. No matter what, I'm almost sure my budget will not allow any action plan.
    Meanwhile the cat seems to be in not of a bad shape, numbers are were encouraging yesterday and this morning. By raising the dose to 1 at the morning and 1 at night blood sugar was getting lower, 300.
    Question now is : Is there something that can be done at home, anything ? Will not let this vet kill my cat, if there is no plan the final fate will be done with me holding him in a way that he will not suffer. I know of a place where I go in a small valley where nobody goes (I grew up illicit herb there a few years back), I'll dig him a nice hole, built a nice cross, puchase concrete and make a tombstone. I'll know he's going to be in a happy place with maybe some trace of weed I had fun enjoying and helping my epilesy.
    Should I prepare this tombstone or something can be done ? No faith but... feeling so sad..
    Thanks.
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    Ketoacidosis is serious. HOWEVER we have had members who went through a bad DKA episode (or even two) and their kitties are still doing fine. If your kitty responds well to the ER treatment then you would have to be much more vigelant about testing both glucose and ketones.
    Unfortunately the best place for your kitty when in DKA is at the ER being treated with IVs to restore the electrolyte balances and flush out the ketones and fast acting insulins ( with dextrose drips available if the numbers go too low). He needs to be monitored and treated as shown by testing.
    Sending prayers that your kitty will be okay. Everything else can wait to be discussed once you kitty is out of danger.

  3. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Keeping you and your kitty in my prayers.

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