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, diabetes mellitus, cancer, adverse food reactions, and gastrointestinal diseases are common medical concerns for dogs. 5–10 Diet, and carbohydrates in particular, plays an important role in the treatment of these conditions. The intent of the information

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cats, gluconeogenesis is “more or less permanently switched on” 19 and that the condition is associated with an insulin resistance that may lead to obesity, excessive insulin secretion, pancreatic amyloid deposition, and diabetes mellitus when “high

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constituents of their diets. Obesity Obesity is currently recognized as the number one nutritional disorder of domestic cats and is associated with a number of other health issues, including osteoarthritis, diabetes mellitus, and other disorders that

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Obesity and diabetes mellitus are reaching epidemic proportions in humans throughout the world, and this crisis is reflected in the pet population. The prevalence of overweight and obese cats in the United States has increased almost 30% during

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further research. Metabolic —One area in which there continues to be disagreement is with regard to safety when administering glucosamine-containing products to patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. In 1 study, 31 the risk is theoretic and based on

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likely to be fed a premium or therapeutic food; to have concurrent diabetes mellitus, oral disease, dermatopathy, or neoplasia; and to be a domestic, mixed, or Manx breed. Overweight dogs were more likely to be older, of certain breeds, neutered, and fed

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, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and infectious diseases. 18–26 Vitamin D status also affects various disease conditions in dog and cats. Measuring Vitamin D Metabolites The VitDQAP 27 was established through joint efforts between the National

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, diabetes mellitus, renal disease, some cardiovascular disorders, and hypothyroidism 1 ; hence, numerous parallel approaches to manage patients with these disorders exist. For example, evidence exists to support the role of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids in

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improvement in stamina, inhibition of UV light absorption, improvement of the coat of horses and dogs, enhancement of immunity, and control and prevention of chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, and cancer). Phytochemical Teamwork

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measures transketolase activity rather than measuring thiamine directly, it can be affected by other systemic processes (eg, diabetes mellitus or liver disease 10 ) in an animal. By contrast, the HPLC method directly measures the TPP form of thiamine within

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