Diabetes Mellitus: Part III – Monitoring & Insulin Handling
This week I present the third and final installment in our discussion about diabetes mellitus (DM). Previously we reviewed this disease as it relates to both dogs and cats. Now we will chat about proper handling of insulin and taking care of your diabetic pet at home.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #1: Proper insulin handling
All insulins must be kept in the refrigerator, and should never be frozen or heated. As you learned in the first two posts of this three-part series, dogs and cats can be treated with any number of insulins. Some are of animal origin and some are from humans. Your pet’s primary care veterinarian and/or a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist with help you pick the best insulin for your pet. All insulins have expiration dates, but many of those dates were established specifically for humans and don’t necessarily apply to dogs and cats. Your pet’s medical team should advise you how often you should replace your fur baby’s insulin bottle. Additionally you should obtain a new bottle of insulin if it changes appearance.
Diabetes Mellitus Issue #2: Insulin administration points
All diabetic pet parents should spend a meaningful amount of time with their pet’s veterinarian to learn about diabetes mellitus, particularly how to properly administer insulin to diabetic pets. As a board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, I work with diabetic pet parents essentially on a daily basis. In addition to spending time with me learning about this disease, new diabetic pet parents often spend 60-90 minutes with my licensed veterinary te Continue reading