Hyperlipidemia in Cats Diagnosis
A veterinarian’s best tool for detecting hyperlipidemia is diagnostic blood testing. If too much fat is detected in the results, more lab tests are frequently required to determine whether the cat has primary or secondary hyperlipidemia.
Secondary hyperlipidemia will be identified if the vet cannot locate an underlying reason. If there is no underlying cause, the cat will be diagnosed with primary hyperlipidemia
Dietary changes are used to treat primary hyperlipidemia. Most cats will require a low-fat diet for the rest of their life in order to be healthy. Medications are rarely required.
The therapy of secondary hyperlipidemia is determined by the underlying etiology. Cats with pancreatitis, for example, will most certainly require hospitalization and supportive care. Cats with diabetes mellitus may require insulin and dietary changes. If obesity is shown to be the primary reason, weight loss will be required. This usually entails a modification in the cat’s diet and lifestyle.
Cats with Hyperlipidemia: