Newsletter: June 2012
Instructions for twice daily Insulin Administration based on urine collection
Give your pet its accurate dose of insulin under the skin at the same time each morning and evening. Should some injections “miss”, do not attempt to repeat the injection. Give your pet half its daily amount of food at this time.
Attempt to collect urine for glucose determination using the Keto-Diastix. This should be done daily until you pet has been stabilized, then weekly after that.
To use the Keto-Diastix: immerse the colored squares in the urine & time accurately. A) After 15 seconds, the Ketone square should read Negative. B) After 30 seconds, the Glucose square should show slight Positive, from 1/10th to 1+. It should not read Negative.
During the first 2 weeks of treatment, several consultations will be required before your pet becomes stable. Do not expose to stressful situations. Keep your pet fully indoors. Monitor thirst, which may indicate insufficient insulin. Ditto a flood of urine in the litter box. A poor appetite may mean too much.
Tremor, shaking, wobbly gait, depression, & poor appetite indicate low blood-sugar and may follow refusal to eat, vigorous exercise, vomiting a meal or insulin overdose. GIVE A TEASPOON OR KARO SYRUP EVERY FEW MINUTES until recovered. Call the veterinarian immediately.
If urine glucose is negative in the evening, decrease the next dose of insulin by 1 unit the next morning and in the evening. If the urine glucose is 2+ for 3 consecutive readings, increase the insulin dosage by 1 unit twice daily. If it becomes necessary to change the dose of insulin several times, call the doctor for an appointment.
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