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Diabetes

If your pet has been diagnosed with Diabetes the following advice will help you get to grips with their medication and special needs.

Caninsulin:

  • Please store Caninsulin in the fridge at all times except when drawing up doses.
  • Ideally, Caninsulin should not be ‘opened’ for more than one month as the efficacy may be reduced.
  • Gently roll the bottle (but do not shake) before drawing a dose.
  • Insert the needle through the rubber into the upside-down bottle and draw back the required dose. Be careful to remove any air bubbles by removing the needle from the bottle, drawing the plunger out further and gently flicking the syringe with a finger.
  • Administer the perscribed dose two times daily (i.e. injections spaced 12 hours apart ideally)
  • Please do NOT alter the dose without having consulted a vet.
  • Be careful to draw up the dose accurately.
  • Give the injection at the same time as feeding (i.e. split food into two main feeds)
  • Inject subcutaneously (into ‘tent’ of skin picked up on scruff)
  • If not eating then do not give the Caninsulin injection. If part of food is eaten then dose as perscribed and return to normal dosing if appetite returns. Please speak to us if you have any concerns or if part consumption of food recurs.
  • Use each Caninsulin needle/syringe only once.
     

Other points:

  • Maintain a regular feeding routine; ideally with two main meals at the time of Caninsulin injections and if small snacks are given then keep them small but constant amounts on a day-to-day basis.
  • Keep ready a supply of runny honey/syrup in the cupboard in the case of a hypoglycaemic episode (low blood glucose): smear on your pets gums if he/she becomes depressed/wobbly/collapsed and if they not improve shortly and or if you have any concerns please contact us for advice or for an appointment.
  • Please dispose of sharps in the bin provided and return to practice for a fresh one when full.
  • Repeat prescriptions for Caninsulin and needles are available; please just phone our Reception giving 24 hours notice for further supplies.
  • As a minimum we need to examine your pet every 3 months; at which stage we may suggest blood samples for blood glucose, fructosamine (equivalent to the average blood glucose level over the previous 2-3 weeks) or even a blood glucose curve (your pet would be hospitalised for regular blood glucose checks during the day).
  • Please monitor your animal at home for changes in their diabetes and speak to us for advice if  you have any concerns, for example, changes in appetite, drinking or urination (amount or frequency or discomfort), changes in demeanour (lethargy/sleeping more etc).
  • Record insulin dosages in a diary (to help avoid forgetting/ double-dosing) alongside any comments on appetite/drinking/demeanour etc.

 
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

In an emergency Shires Vets are available 24/7 on 01785 813955.


Further information:

Canine and feline diabetes mellitus 
Feline diabetes mellitus 
 

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