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Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2014 Jul;44(4):775-88, vi-vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2014.03.005. Epub 2014 May 10.

Dietary management of feline endocrine disease.

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Animal Endocrine Clinic, 21 West 100th Street, New York, NY 10025, USA; Department of Clinical Sciences, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA. Electronic address:
Oradell Animal Hospital, 580 Winters Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652, USA; Nestle Purina PetCare, St Louis, MO 63102, USA.


When treating cats with endocrine disease, most veterinarians concentrate on medical or surgical treatments that can be used to manage or cure the disease. Dietary issues are frequently ignored or not properly addressed. However, nutritional support can play an integral role in the successful management of feline endocrine diseases. Furthermore, because most cats with endocrine disease are senior or geriatric, they may also have concurrent health conditions that warrant dietary intervention. This article discusses recommendations for nutritional support of the 2 most common endocrine problems of cats seen in clinical practice: hyperthyroidism and diabetes mellitus.


Carbohydrate; Diabetes mellitus; Diet; Feline; Hyperthyroidism; Protein

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