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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. fritzsmom

    I have a 5 year old min pin who was diagnosed with diabetes 8 months ago. Ever since then she fights me when it comes to getting her shots. So I won't hurt her, I have to get help. Any ideas please? I'm at a loss.

  2. Bichonluver3

    Hi Fritsmom!
    I immediately give Sparky a tiny piece of dried liver as soon as I give him his shot. Now all I have to say is "Sparky, liver!" and he comes running and jumps to get up on the counter. The liver is within his sight so he is looking at that.
    Are you warming the insulin before giving it (eg under your arm)? Is the bevel of the needle facing up? Have you tried giving the injection in different areas?

  3. pat3332

    Hello, and welcome.
    I was at my vet's last week and another lady came in and picked up her min pin that had been there after being diagnosed with diabetes. She also was having a problem because she had the dog in her arms, was trying to hang on to and control him and she was losing. It looked like someone trying to control a coiled spring that had suddenly been released. I was trying to imagine testing and injecting him and really feeling sorry for her.
    Anyway, just trying to say that I have a pretty good idea what you're going through. Others with min pins may have other and better suggestions for keeping him calm while giving the injection, but they seem to be a fairly hyper/active breed, so I'm at a loss how without some valium or xanax for one or both of you.
    My suggestion would be to possibly try one of the auto injection devices if you haven't already. Some here use the Inject-Ease and like it a lot. Just to be different, I got an AutoJect 2. It's my understanding that the Inject-Ease automatically inserts the needle, but you still need to inject the medication. The AutoJect inserts the needle and automatically injects the insulin at the same time and it's over in about 2-5 seconds. I use the AutoJect on my Rottweiler. He's actually very easy to inject, but since me, my son and wife all do the injections at different times, that's one more thing I wanted to standardize so we would all be doing it in the same way and with the needle set at the same depth each time. Once again striving for consistency in everything I can.
    So far it is working great and none of us have had a failure or problem with it yet. I took pictures and wrote notes on it under the Everything Else forum if you want to look at it. Hopefully, someone else will jump in and describe their experience with the Inject-Ease.
    Good Luck and please continue to let us know how he's doing.

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