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joc wrote at 2010-01-28 12:11:08
Hi Dana,

   FYI- Diabetes insipidus is NOT the same as Diabetes mellitus and has nothing to do with blood glucose levels.  Whilst you have given some good advice to Janet regarding her rabbit it is clear you do not have a medical background and therfore should be more careful giving out advice on what she should and shouldnt have done regarding medical tests.


evilherbivore wrote at 2010-09-29 20:11:46
just FYI, but this post is asking about DI (Diabetes insipidus) and the answer posted is referring to DM (Diabetes mellitus), which is a totally different disease process.

Mary wrote at 2012-10-31 13:36:41
I know this is an old posting, but PLEASE don't have non-veterinarians giving medical advice!! Information in this answer is wrong.   Diabetes insipidus is NOT the same disease as diabetes mellitus.  It is NOT treated with insulin.  It is a disease of the pituitary gland or kidneys (ADH production or response to ADH.)  It CAN be ruled out with a water deprevation test.  And it IS indicated when blood tests are normal.  If kidney screening tests are abnormal, it is NOT indicated.  ALSO you are correct that BUN will increase with dehydration, but not creatinine.   Please be careful of the information you dispense.   


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Equity wrote at 2012-11-11 23:12:12
Please, you are mistaking Diabetes Insipidus for Diabetes Mellitus. It has nothing to do with glucose. It is a malfunction of feedback mechanisms that stem in the brain and causes water wasting through the kidneys. It is important not to restrict water in this case. The thirst mechanism causes the affected individual to drink enough to compensate. If they are denied water, they would soon perish of elevated blood sodium. I do not know if this happens in rabbits but wonder if it is an underlying cause of excessive thirst in rescue rabbits. Thank you.


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