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Diabetes Mellitus - Insulin Treatment In Dogs

By Ernest Ward, DVM & Robin Downing, DVM, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP Emergency Situations, Medical Conditions This handout provides detailed information on insulin administration. For more information about diabetes mellitus, see the fact sheets "Diabetes Mellitus - General Information", and "Diabetes Mellitus - Principles of Treatment". What is diabetes mellitus? In dogs, diabetes mellitus is caused by the failure of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar. This is Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (also called Type 1 Diabetes). This type of diabetes usually results from destruction of most or all of the beta-cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. As the name implies, dogs with this type of diabetes require insulin injections to stabilize blood sugar levels. What do I need to know about insulin treatment for diabetes mellitus? In diabetic dogs, the main treatment for regulating blood glucose is giving insulin by injection. Dogs with diabetes mellitus typically require two daily insulin injections as well as a dietary change. Although the dog can go a day or so without insulin and not have a crisis, this should not be a regular occurrence; treatment should b Continue reading >>

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  1. Dr. B

    It's about the 6th injection. Generally given in same area. No it does not seem to bother him

    Dog Veterinarian: Dr. BOk. You DO NOT need to worry about the lump. I don't recommend icing it. Just leave it alone and it should resolve on its own within a couple of days to as long as three weeks.
    I always instruct my clients to give insulin injections under the skin in a clockwise fashion (for memory's sake). It is very important to always rotate where the insulin is given for the following reasons:
    1) If you give it in the same spot over and over, the body recognizes the "trauma" of injection and the "unnatural" chemical being injected over and over. The body's response is to get inflamed, swell/make a lump, and attack it. This is the lump you see. It is not dangerous, but it is not helpful either.
    2) Over time, the repeated insult to the same area will actually cause scar tissue to form and the insulin won't be absorbed properly anymore (meaning your pet's diabetes will not be controlled well at all).

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