What happens if you give a dog too much insulin?
Insulin is a medication used to treat diabetes in cats and dogs. Diabetes is a disease characterized by high blood sugar. Insulin causes blood sugar to drop. Too much insulin can lead to dangerously low blood sugar.
When do you give insulin to a diabetic pet?
Again, diabetic humans usually give themselves the insulin a few minutes before they eat. The reason we wait until the diabetic pet is eating before we give insulin is actually pretty obvious: we wish to see if the pet will eat. If we give a pet an insulin injection and then the pet doesn’t eat, hypoglycemia may ensue.
Where to give an insulin injection to a dog?
Many dogs tolerate the injections well when given about one to two inches from the middle of the back, near the shoulder blade or hip bone. Be sure to alternate the location each time you give an injection to avoid soreness. If necessary, ask someone to help you hold your dog.
What do you need to know about diabetes mellitus in dogs?
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.
Can you give a dog an insulin shot?
Insulin shots- what no one told us when our dog was diagnosed. Perfection. That is what my husband and I shout out to each other when we give our dog her insulin shot after finding the perfect tent and injecting the insulin without her yelping. But is there ever really such a thing?
What happens if you forget to give your dog insulin?
You may not be able to contact your regular vet when a minor question arises and you must have the confidence to make a decision. Don’t become complacent. Diabetes can be a changing condition in your pet. Just because your pet is doing well for a few weeks or months doesn’t mean something can’t change. Always be observant for signs of change.
Can you give a diabetic pet the same insulin every day?
If we wish to minimize the variability of how much insulin to give, we must give the same diet in the same portion repeatedly to pets. Until pets can figure out how to inject themselves, please don’t change your diabetic pet’s diet on a day to day basis.
Why do cats need longer acting insulin than dogs?
For cats, it is the same low-carbohydrate food as they receive as a meal, but hopefully the majority of food is given with the insulin. This stubborn food-nibbling preference of cats is likely why we tend to have greater success with longer-acting insulin for putty tats (i.e. glargine, PZI and demetir).