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My 12 year old brown tabby, Ricky was just diagnosed with diabetes. He's gone from 19 pounds to 15 pounds in 5 months. Five months ago he was diagnosed with HCM and he was started on Atenelol. (He did not have high blood pressure, the BP med was to make his heart beat less just to try to lesson the HCM). He began losing weight and seemed less energetic as soon as the BP med was started. Then in October he really began to look thin and it was discovered that he had a lession tooth that needed to be removed. I thought that was the reason he was losing weight. However, even after removing the tooth he still didn't rebound and gain weight back. Now today diabetes was discovered. I can't help but wonder if putting him on Atenelol some how affected his circulation to his pancreas which would have resulted in the diabetes?
I just picked up insulin today and the food the vet wants me to give him. Ricky has refused canned food his entire life. He went from milk to kibble at the age of 6 weeks. He will not eat canned food at all ever. I am not going to stress myself even trying that. Ricky thinks canned food stinks.
His favorite kibble is Evo Turkey and Chicken. I am questioning how the vet prescribed Purina ProPlan DM is at all better than EVO. It has more carbs than the Evo and the protein is about the same. Looking for answers. Would there be other reasons by the ProPlan DM is better?
SignatureRicky, 14 yr old Maine Coon Mix, weighs 18.5 lbs (very tall and slim), HCM Dx Apr 2016 Diabetes Dx Feb 2107, Lantus 4 Units 2x a day, Atenelol 6.25 1x a day, Alpha Trak II Meter. PLANTIGRADE GAIT CURED! Will only eat dry food.... currently eats RC Glycobalance