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Diabetic dog owners pleas come in

We just found out that our dog is diabetic. She will require insulin shots everyday and have her blood sugar tested at the vet every 2 weeks. Has anyone gone through this? Where do you get your insulin? The pharmacist quoted us $100 per month plus needles. In addition to the special diet it will cost us $150 per month. I don't know how we are going to do this financially and mentally.
Also, is it hard to do the shots? I have 2 dogs, 2 boys (a 3 year old and a 1 year old) and I'm a FTWM. Please tell me the shots and blood work is not too much work. Between my kids, my dogs and my job I feel like I never have time for anything else. My dog is 13 but she is in good shape and spirit. I really want to make this work. TIA for any advice.

Posted 3/4/14 9:31 AM
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Ask your vet if you can use human NPH (Novolin N). A vial from Walmart is about $25. One vial should last more than a month. Probably 2 or 3, depending on dosages.
Check with the vet before you change anything, though.

Posted 3/4/14 3:23 PM

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<-- My Cavalier (the b&w) is diabetic...has been for a few years now and he is 12. He requires insulin shots 2xs a day. Now he only needs to go see the vet once a year for his regular check up. They need to go a lot in the beginning to see how the insulin dosages are working and to see if they need to adjust the amount. After that they shouldn't have to go all the time. My vet showed me how to give the shots and had me do it in her office. It's quick and easy, but I won't lie I cringed in the beginning because I didn't want to inflict pain on him. He doesn't yelp or anything..takes it like a champ and then eats. The main thing we focus on is always measuring out his food and making sure he gets his shots around the same time each day 12 hours apart. I signed him up at Walgreens and for a one time $20 fee I get his insulin for about $58 a vial instead of $80. We also re-use the needles a few times before disposing of them. When we travel we just pack up his insulin in a cooler back with an ice pack. It's really not that bad once you get in a routine, but I know it's overwhelming at first. Good luck!!!! Chat Icon

Posted 3/4/14 6:32 PM

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