Diabetes Education Main Page


Education and Techniques

General Information

Recently diagnosed pet - what to expect and what you might be feeling.
Diabetes Basics - what is it, signs, risk factors, diagnosis.
Glossary of diabetes terms
Diet and Treats list - types of diets: commercial, prescription, or home cooking. Food comparisons, healthy treats, and tips for finicky eaters.
Exercise - how does it effect your pet?
Hypoglycemia - learn the signs, treatment, and be prepared!
Ketoacidosis - signs, treatment of severe ketoacidosis, and Zama's experience. 
Somogyi Rebound one of the more complicated issues, but important to know about.
Sample blood glucose curves - See images of how the proper timing of insulin and diet effect your pet's diabetes control.
Frequently Asked Questions - All sorts of great information here.
Comfortable Injection Tips - Tips from experienced owners on how to give a comfortable injection.  
Helpful Hints from experienced owners - Learn from the experience of others so you don't repeat common mistakes. 

Diabetes Medications

Insulin Basics and Syringe Facts - learn about insulin and the different types of insulin. Also learn about the properties of syringes: U-number, volume, needle diameter (gauge), andneedle length.
Using U-40 insulin and U-100 syringe
PZI Protamine Zinc Insulin
Oral drugs (glipizide) - how they work and typical treatment plans.

Diabetes Complications

Cataracts and Dry Eye - common problems in diabetic dogs that you should be aware of.
Hind leg weakness and paw problems  
Infection & healing - your diabetic pet may be more prone to infections and may have slower healing.

Home Testing Techniques

Urine Glucose Testing what it is, it's limitations and usefulness.
Home Blood Glucose testing A huge resource section with a discussion of home BG testing (is it right for you?), information on the accuracy of meters, good meters for pets, and many testing techniques (how to get that drop of blood) are fully described. 
Fructosamine, glycosylated Hb tests - explanations of these blood tests (usually done in a lab, but there are home meters that do them).

Concurrent Diseases
Older pets may have diabetes and other common diseases. Read how the diseases may effect each other and how they can be successfully managed together. 

Building a Good Working Relationship with Your Vet

Questions to ask your vet - to help prepare for problems or emergencies and to help you build a relationship with your vet.
Home care recordkeeping (notebook) templates - keep good records

Care away from home

Arranging for a pet sitter - review which care options are available, how to prepare a pet sitter, and how to prepare an Emergency Treatment Permission Form
Traveling with your pet - special considerations and preparation for traveling with a diabetic pet.

Pet Loss

Participate In Our Quick Web Surveys

We have several surveys set up that you can participate in.  By sharing your experience, you can show how there are many options for the care of diabetic pets. 

Quality of Life Stories

"Will my pet live a normal life?" That's often one of the first questions owners ask when their pet is diagnosed with diabetes. This portion of the site is devoted to sharing experiences about your diabetic pet's Quality Of Life. If you are interested in reading or sharing experiences about the details of how owners manage their pet's diabetes (feeding and insulin schedules, home testing, etc.) please see the Personal Techniques section.


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