Managing canine diabetes

What do I need?

  1. Insulin.
  2. Insulin syringes.
  3. A refrigerator to store your insulin.
  4. A suitable balanced diet for your dog. See Diabetes diets .
  5. Home monitoring equipment, if advised by your veterinarian. See Monitoring.
  6. A source of glucose. See Emergencies.
  7. Good communication with your veterinarian.
  8. Commitment to the long-term treatment of your pet

Living with a diabetic dog

Once a dog with diabetes has been stabilised on insulin treatment, it is usually able to lead a happy, healthy life. The life expectancy of your diabetic dog stabilised on insulin is similar to that of other healthy pets of the same breed. Good communication between you and your veterinarian, and adherence to the treatment regimen, will help keep your pet healthy. Both of you can continue to enjoy life together for many years.