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Diabetes Classification in Canines
Several classification systems have been used to describe diabetes mellitus. A human classification system revised in 1997 divides the disease into three types: Type 1 (previously insulin-dependent or juvenile-onset diabetes mellitus), Type 2 (previously non–insulin-dependent or adult-onset diabetes mellitus), and other specific types of diabetes mellitus (previously secondary or Type 3 diabetes mellitus).
Diabetes in dogs most closely resembles Type 1 diabetes. Dogs with the insulin-dependent form of the disease require daily insulin injections to control disease signs and delay the multisystemic disorders associated with the diabetic disease process. The use of oral hypoglycemic drugs is not recommended in dogs with diabetes as they typically require insulin production, which dogs lack.
Untreated dogs commonly display weight loss despite maintaining a good or excessive appetite, polydipsia, and polyuria. They may experience dehydration and metabolic and electrolyte abnormalities if severe ketoacidosis develops. Untreated or improperly managed dogs with diabetes suffer a decreased quality of life, and most die without appropriate therapy and monitoring.
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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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