Caring for a Diabetic Pet 

The leading cause of death for pets with diabetes is euthanasia, not the diabetes itself. This is due to lack of understanding on care needed. Cost can also be a factor, so please note that the insulin can be found at much lower prices than the "list price" at discount pharmacies, and GoodRX has great coupons. It's also sometimes covered by Pet insurance. My cat and dog's insulin lasted 9 months from purchase, so averaging that out per day just over $1 per day.

Dogs and cats can develop diabetes. A leading cause is lack of protein in the diet. Cat food is notoriously high carb - the worst possible diet for felines.

Our video below goes over supplies you will need, costs, food tips, signs of low blood sugar, and a demo on how to check blood sugar and give an insulin injection. 

A few other tips before you watch the video:

  • For dogs, if within 3 months the blood sugar is unable to regulate with insulin, ask your Vet for a Cushings test. 
  • For cats, Glargine has an over 50% remission rate; it's the best insulin for felines if its appropriate for your cat's situation - ask your Vet.
  • UTIs are common in pets with diabetes due to sugar in the urine. If you suddenly find the insulin is having less or little effect, get to the Vet for a urinalysis.
  • Uncontrolled high sugar levels in dogs and cats can cause ketoacidosis - an immediately life threatening situation where their blood becomes infused with high levels of ketones - creating a blood poisoning. Death will result in a matter of hours if the animal is not immediately hospitalized for treatment.