How much insulin should I give my Pet?

Before you buy any insulin it’s important to know how much insulin you need to give. Let’s say you’re using U40 insulin and you need to give 10 units to your pet. Since U40 means 40 units per 1cc, then 10 units would mean 1/4 cc as shown above. Since you’re only giving 1/4 cc, then anything above 1/4 cc syringes would be fine.

How much insulin can you put in a syringe?

Syringes can hold 1/2 cc, 1 cc, or 3/10 of a cc (total volume of insulin). These syringes have markings of UNITS on them also.

How to determine the correct syringe for your pet’s insulin?

How to determine the correct syringe for your pet’s insulin. Needles are marked with a gauge designation which tells you how thin the needle is– the higher the number, the thinner the needle is. For most insulin, using the highest gauge (thinnest needle) possible would provide the most comfort to your pet.

Can a dog’s insulin be kept in the refrigerator?

Insulin is a hormone that will lose its effectiveness if exposed to direct sunlight or high temperatures. It should be kept in the refrigerator, but it should not be frozen. If you have any doubt about the storage of your dog’s insulin, it is safer to replace it rather than risk using ineffective insulin.

How often should I increase my dog’s insulin dose?

Dark Brown Color 2%: mark +2: which means to increase your dog’s insulin dose 2 units higher than the previous insulin dose. Dr. Carol’s Tip: NEVER increase or decrease your dog’s insulin dose by more than 2 units at a time. For cats, never increase or reduce the insulin dose by more than 1 unit at a time.

How are insulin dosages calculated for a diabetic pet?

The outside of the Diastix bottle does have has a series of colors and corresponding percentages. When reading these from left to right, the colors will correspond to the following insulin dosages which you need to make into a chart. Insulin dosages are always calculated from your pet’s previous insulin dosage.

What’s the best way to give a dog an insulin shot?

Alternatively, you can ask a friend, partner, or family member to hold the dog from behind with both hands. This will make it easier for you to administer the insulin properly without worrying about your dog moving or shifting around.