is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in multiple species including cats and dogs. It comes in various forms and strengths with corresponding syringes for each strength. Vetsulin
are used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus to aid in maintaining a normal glucose level. Insulin is responsible for the proper usage of glucose by cells in the body. It is given by subcutaneous injection. Purchase Insulin syringes separately. Multiple types of Insulin exist, so make sure you match the right type of syringe to your Insulin. Insulin needs refrigeration. How does Insulin work?
Injectable Insulin treats diabetes mellitus by providing a source of the hormone, Insulin when the body produces inadequate amounts. Insulin is necessary for glucose (blood sugar) to be able to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy.
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Dosage & administration: Insulin is a liquid given by injection. Your veterinarian and staff will show you how to properly handle, measure, and give Insulin to your dog or cat. For detailed instructions, see our Patient Information Sheet. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
Possible side effects of Vetsulin: May see hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) with signs such as weakness, lethargy, shaking, seizures, or coma. Hypoglycemic cats may simply be inactive. May also see hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) where the body increases the blood sugar level. Signs may include increased thirst and urination, vomiting, change in gait, or weakness.
If you miss giving a dose: If you miss a dose by more than two to three hours, contact your veterinarian to determine if you should still give it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
If you overdose the pet: If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid while giving Vetsulin to my pet: Notify your veterinarian of any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, your pet is taking while your pet is receiving Insulin. Increased risk of low blood sugar may occur if used with anabolic steroids, beta-blockers, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, phenylbutazone, sulfinpyrasone, tetracycline, or salicylates like aspirin. Increased risk of high blood sugar may occur if used with glucocorticoids, thyroid medications, dobutamine, epinephrine, estrogen/ progesterone combinations, or diuretics. Hypoglycemic agents such as glipizide may help lower Insulin requirements, as may chromium picolinate. Use care when starting treatment for thyroid disorders in a diabetic animal, as Insulin needs may change. Changes in potassium levels may occur when using Insulin along with heart medications and/or diuretics.
Who should not take it? This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed. If your pet is not eating, contact your veterinarian before giving Insulin.