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Pet diabetes is manageable

By now you know about pet diabetes and that it is manageable. If you need a recap, watch this video or click here to learn more.

The goal of diabetes management is to regulate glucose levels and minimize diabetic complications.

Your vet will customize a diabetes management plan for your pet to fit your needs.

Learn about diabetes management cornerstones by clicking on each of the tabs above.

Once you learn about diabetes management, you can download a Diabetes Management brochure for a quick summary.

INSULIN INJECTION

If your pet requires insulin injections, your veterinarian will prescribe the type and dose of insulin that works best for your diabetic dog or cat. Proper dosing and timing are important for your pet's treatment.

You should always follow your veterinarian's instructions on type of insulin, type of syringe, and dose. Never adjust insulin without first consulting your veterinarian.

Follow these guidelines for insulin storage, handling, and administration:

Do :

  • Be certain that your pet eats a prescribed amount of food before administering insulin.*
  • Be certain that you use the syringe size (U-100 vs. U-40) that your veterinarian prescribed to administer insulin.*
  • Check your pet's blood glucose twice a day before meals (or as recommended by your veterinarian).
  • Record your pet's blood glucose readings, amount of food eaten, and insulin* time and dose administered on a daily basis.
  • Gently roll insulin* bottle to mix.

Don't:

  • Do not administer insulin* if your pet does not eat.
  • Do not modify the insulin* dose or schedule without consulting your veterinarian first.
  • Do not administer insulin using a different syringe than prescribed with your pet's insulin.*
  • Do not exercise your pet heavily after insulin* administration.
  • Do not change your pet's diet without notifying your veterinarian.
  • Do not let insulin* freeze.

* If your dog or cat is prescribed insulin by a veterinarian.
Note: The health information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace a discussion with a veterinarian. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a veterinarian and unique characteristics of each patient should be considered.