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Dog And Cat Diabetes Management

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Patrick Miles, DVM is owner and veterinarian at Priceless Pet Clinic in Normandy Park WA. He has worked in emergency medicine since graduating veterinary school and spent seven years at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services.

How do you manage dog (and cat) diabetes?

In general, the management of diabetes mellitus in both dogs and cats entails a number of different aspects. First and foremost, it typically requires daily insulin injections. So, sticking to consistent regiments of giving those insulin injections as close to a twelve-hour increment is very, very important. The concurrent management may be diet control, exercise just like in human medicine.

Tips about managing dogs’ diabetes:

  • Get a routine going and try to stick to that routine as best to your abilities.
  • Make a plan for emergencies and be able to recognize an emergency situation.
  • Form a relationship with a vet who you trust and your pet feels comfortable around.
  • Ask questions! Do not hesitate to ask your vet questions, the more you know the better your dog’s quality of life will be!
  • Learn your pet’s normal behaviors so you know when something is going on.

Diabetes management does not have to be a scary thing and can over time, become just part of your daily routine. Do not be afraid of the 12-hour insulin rituals. There are amazing dog sitters out there and your veterinarian can help, if you are wanting to get away or have an evening out. Just make sure to really educate your sitter and to hire a professional sitter.