“He was very draggy for a while,” she says. “About a year ago I switched his food to Blue Buffalo kibble and soon after that started combining it half-and-half with , a commercial raw diet (the company is owned by my sister-in-law). His energy has increased tremendously and he recently started herding the other dogs at the park again. He gets Pet Botanic Training Reward Treats after his shot and occasional Charlie Bear Treats. He also loves carrots. Since his diet was changed, Henry’s insulin requirement has gone down slightly.” (Pet Botanic treats contain glycerol, which is not ideal for a diabetic dog.)
Dia-Treaties for diabetic dogs - Vintek Nutrition
Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is the only FDA-approved veterinary product for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in both dogs and cats. Vetsulin is indicated for the reduction of hyperglycemia(elevated blood sugar) and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus. Vetsulin is supplied as a sterile injectable porcine insulin zinc suspension. Vetsulin needs to be refrigerated and is only available by prescription from your veterinarian.
Manufacturer: Intervet/ Schering Plough Animal Health
Extra Information: Insulin is a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas. Insulin enables the body to use the sugar in food as a source of energy. When the body does not produce enough insulin, or when the insulin produced by the body is not effective enough, this condition is called diabetes mellitus. This condition allows sugar levels in the body to become very high. Vetsulin is Purified porcine (pork) insulin zinc suspension that can help to reduce high blood sugar(hyperglycemia) and manage related symptoms.
Dosing and Administration: Suggested initial dosing by the manufacturer is as follows:
0.5 IU insulin/kg of body weight. This dose should be given once daily concurrently with or right after a meal. Veterinarians should reevaluate canine patients at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose based on clinical signs, urinalysis results, and glucose curve values until adequate control has been attained.
For cats, the initial recommended dose of Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is 1 to 2 IU per injection twice daily. In cats, initially administer twice-daily doses 12 hours apart concurrently with or right after meals. Reevaluate the cat at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose based on clinical signs, urinalysis results, and glucose curve/spot check values until adequate control has been attained.
However, proper Vetsulin dosing for your individual pet can only be determined by your veterinarian.
Vetsulin is given using a U-40 syringe only. Use of a syringe other than a U-40 syringe will result in incorrect dosing. Vetsulin is administered by subcutaneous(under the skin) injection. Proper technique can be taught by your veterinarian. Do not reuse a syringe. Dispose of all syringes in an appropriate puncture-resistant disposal container. Vetsulin should be stored in an upright position under refrigeration. Do not freeze, Protect from light. Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.
If any amount of Vetsulin is given other than what is prescribed or if you miss a dose, contact your veterinarian for further instructions.
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I was ready to check out using my handy PupPal account when mom came in and ruined all my fun. I got “the look” then she said, “Ruby, while those treats look delicious and are great for other dogs, they are not appropriate for a diabetic dog like yourself ”. She does make me yummy , so I went back to the drawing board and picked out more fitting treats for a dog like me.
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