Dogs with diabetes mellitus often develop cataracts. Topical ophthalmic anti-inflammatory medications are used to treat inflammation in the eye related to the presence of cataracts and to prevent and control inflammation after cataract surgery. There is debate as to whether these steroids interfere with insulin regulation and glycemic control in dogs with diabetes. Researchers will evaluate whether the use of two commonly prescribed topical ophthalmic anti-inflammatory medications affects a dog's ability to regulate insulin. The results of this study may change which medications are given to dogs with diabetes, especially those with poorly controlled disease.
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Kansas State University
Amy J. Rankin, DVM, MS, DACVO
Endocrine/Metabolic (Diabetes, Thyroid)