What do you do when your dog with diabetes requires constant monitoring?
Like humans, dogs can be insulin-dependent diabetics due to their body’s failure to create or respond to the hormone on its own. If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, monitoring their blood glucose levels at home may be your best method of treatment.
Here are some of the things you’ll want to do to help a dog with diabetes with day-to-day living.
Work closely with your dog’s veterinarian to come up with a treatment plan that works well for your furry friend.
Ask for advice concerning meal times, exercise, the frequency of blood sugar monitoring, and the number of shots of insulin required to keep your pet healthy. Request additional information in the form of pamphlets and brochures to take home with you to read. That way, you’ll remain informed of your dog’s condition and know what to do if an emergency occurs.
Learn how to draw and administer insulin using a needle.
Have the vet demonstrate how to properly load a needle with the lifesaving drug. Watch as they remove the needle’s cap, pull back the plunger, insert it into the top sponge-like substance on the bottle, push down the plunging mechanism, and draw insulin in. Once the correct amount of insulin is in the needle, the plunger must be pulled back again. Make sure there are no bubbles present or you’ll be forced to start over by injecting the insulin back into the bottle. Don’t forget to recap the needle for safety reasons.
Be careful to inject the dog in the right location.
The area that is best for shots is typically in the back. Once you’ve lifted the dog’s skin, you’ll insert the needle at a 45-degree angle. You’ll need to press on the plunger with your thumb until the stopper reaches the bottom of the needle. It ensures that the pet has received a full dose of insulin. Cap the needle and put it in a sharps container with a sealed top. If you notice sensitivity, bruising or redness in the injection site, contact the vet for further instruction.
Administer medications according to the schedule the doctor provided for you.
Pay close attention to the time, dosage amounts, and frequency of the shots or meds you’re required to give to the animal. Set up alarms on the Petrics app to go off whenever it is time to draw a shot or provide your pet with a pill for their diabetes.
When a female dog is old enough to be spayed, it can help prevent the onslaught of diabetes. Sex hormones are said to put females at greater risk than males. Spaying your dog prevents unplanned pregnancies from occurring, so it’s a win-win any way you look at it.
Diabetes in dogs can be regulated with diet, exercise, and medication. Making sure that your pet sees the veterinarian frequently throughout the years helps prolong the canine’s life. Using the Petrics app to monitor pet food ingredients, product recalls, and to set up notifications for whenever it’s time to give your dog their meds is ideal. It helps you stay on top of caring for a pet that needs extra time and attention.