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Diabetes and Your Pet


  Your pet may already be diabetic, or may have recently been diagnosed with
  diabetes. Below is some information to help you manage your pet's condition.

 
  Insulin Storage and Handling

  Your pet will be prescribed insulin once they are diagnosed with diabetes. Insulin is
  a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. It is a sterile suspension, and care
 must be taken to keep it that way. Insulin must be kept refrigerated. When you
  take the insulin out of the fridge to use it, it is important to mix it well. DO NOT
 SHAKE INSULIN.
 It is very delicate and can be damaged by shaking. Roll the
  bottle gently to mix it.


Dosing and Administering

After rolling the bottle to mix it up, insert the needle into the bottle and draw up the required dose. Be sure to get all the air out of the syringe, insert the needle under the skin and inject. If your pet has only recently been diagnosed, we may need to see them back to recheck their glucose levels - please ensure you check this with us before you leave. They may require a day stay in hospital so that we are able to perform a Blood Glucose Curve (see "Blood Glucose Curves" under the "Surgery Aftercare" tab above). This procedure will involve a series of blood tests every couple of hours throughout the day so we can monitor any changes in the levels and either increase or decrease the amount of insulin you will be required to give your pet.

Diet

Diet plays an important role in keeping your pet's diabetes under control. Because insulin requirements change depending on the amount and type of food eaten, a consistent, high-quality diet that your pet will eat reliably is important. The healthier and more consistent the diet, the easier it will be to control your pet's blood glucose.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 9274 1845.

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