Vetsulin for dog and cat diabetes management

Starting Regulation with Vetsulin®

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When Health Status is Known and Diagnosis Confirmed

  • Take time to explain thoroughly to the owner what diabetes is, that achieving regulation may take time (up to 1 to 2 months), and what the implications are for the family. Make sure the cat owner understands the therapy involved, and that the cat should be able to live a happy, healthy life with consistent management. This is crucial, as complete cooperation of the owner is essential to the success of the management.
  • Treat existing infections or other medical conditions. Many diseases will affect insulin metabolism.
  • Introduce appropriate diet.
  • Begin therapy with Vetsulin® (porcine insulin zinc suspension).

Starting Vetsulin in Clinic

  • Weigh the cat to obtain a benchmark for future weight gain or loss.
  • Start the cat on 1-2 IU injections of Vetsulin given twice daily at 12-hour intervals. Administer injections concurrently with or right after meals for cats fed twice daily. No change in feeding schedule is needed for cats fed ad libitum.
  • Hospitalize the cat for the day to verify that the starting dose does not cause hypoglycemia.
  • Instruct owner on:
    • How to administer injections
    • How to identify and treat hypoglycemia
    • Parameters to monitor at home
    • Preferred diet and frequency of meals
  • Discharge cat to owner’s care for 1 to 2 weeks. This allows the cat and owner to get used to the injection regimen.

At Home, Have the Owner

  • Monitor and record water and food consumption.
  • Monitor and record urine glucose and presence of ketone bodies.
  • Maintain starting dose and frequency of administration for 1 to 2 weeks, unless there’s evidence of hypoglycemia.
  • Bring the cat in for re-evaluation 1 to 2 weeks after starting Vetsulin treatment, or earlier if clinical signs of hypoglycemia develop.

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Important Safety Information:
Vetsulin® should not be used in dogs known to have a systemic allergy to pork or pork products. Vetsulin is contraindicated during periods of hypoglycemia. Keep out of reach of children. As with all insulin products, careful patient monitoring for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia is essential to attain and maintain adequate glycemic control and prevent associated complications. Overdosage can result in profound hypoglycemia and death. The safety and effectiveness of Vetsulin in puppies, breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs has not been evaluated. See package insert for full information regarding contraindications, warnings, and precautions.

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