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What's a good method to give a cat a shot without assistance?

I have not tried this, but it is what I would try first. Get your supplies set up on the kitchen table, have your insulin drawn and ready. Have your cats favorite finger food treat on the table. ...
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How important is the insulin injection spot on a dog?

Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a strong consensus among vets on this topic; however, based on my research (largely including information about humans with type 1 diabetes), it seems the ...
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Is Feline Diabetes painful?

Your cat is showing symptoms that are signs of untreated diabetes in humans at least (weight loss, increased urination, fatigue), and untreated diabetics say the condition is quite uncomfortable. ...
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Canine insulin injection -- what am I doing wrong?

Your question does a great job of addressing many key points about giving insulin to your dog. Nothing in the following answer is intended to replace direction by your veterinarian. These are just ...
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is elevated glucose in cat's urine urgent?

Short answer: Yes this is urgent. Long answer: Diabetes in any animal is no joke and is definitely a top priority to diagnose. The main reason is that blood sugar can fluctuate fast. Low blood ...
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Where on a cat should one inject insulin?

I suspect that the recommendation to inject in the leg was made out of an abundance of caution to avoid injection site sarcoma (ISS), while the recommendation to inject in the scruff was made from a ...
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Canine insulin injection -- what am I doing wrong?

We give our dog a bit of canned dog food while she gets her injection as a diversion. She's so busy eating her treat that she doesn't notice the injection. In fact, she gets excited when we say 'let'...
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Cat with newly diagnosed diabetes not eating much before insulin injection

There are 2 categories of insulin: fast-acting and slow-acting. Fast-acting insulin is mostly prescribed for humans with a bad case of diabetes and as emergency medication. ProZinc is a slow-acting ...
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Cat with newly diagnosed diabetes not eating much before insulin injection

I have spoken to my vet via the nurse and I was advised that with him being newly diagnosed, it's okay to leave some kibble in a bowl because if his blood sugar drops before I get home he would feel ...
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What's a good method to give a cat a shot without assistance?

James has given you good advice on technique, so I'm going to focus on the psychology part -- your psychology, more than Norbert's. First, I'd like you to realise that this will be much less of a big ...
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Is Feline Diabetes painful?

First off speaking as someone that has had type I diabetes for 20 years, pain isn't the most common thing I associate with the disease. It does however cause a great many changes making life ...
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What is the recommended food and insulin timing for a diabetic cat?

An update after a year We got very strict with his feeding times, only 2 full meals a day with only the occasional small dry food snacks periodically. We also only fed him food which had a high ...
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What is the recommended food and insulin timing for a diabetic cat?

You do need to change your feeding practices. From your description, it sounds as though your cat is being overfed, which will just make the diabetes worse. Diet First – I would change the diet to ...
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Glycemic load for foods with respect to dogs

Yes, but it's complicated. The glycemic index of dog foods depends on various variables, like which carbohydrates are contained in it and how much fiber and which type(s) of fiber the food contains. ...
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Canine insulin injection -- what am I doing wrong?

I question the 45 degree angle for needle insertion for a subcutaneous injection. I have been trained to ensure the needle is PARALLEL to the animal body's when injecting- parallel to the surface of ...
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Is Feline Diabetes painful?

Please take your cat to the vet and express your concerns. Ask the vet directly how your cat feels on a day-to-day basis. Is she in pain? Is she uncomfortable? Is her mental state affected? What ...
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is elevated glucose in cat's urine urgent?

I hope everything turned out OK! I would say that if she hasn’t been back to the vet to take her. My 11 year old kitty (may she rest in peace) had subtle symptoms of the disease - in her case it was ...
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Cat with newly diagnosed diabetes not eating much before insulin injection

If you are worried your cat will not eat its food after being given insulin, you could consider giving your cat a carb-free food when you are at work. I do not know the nutritional content of wet cat ...
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Diabetic dogs insulin injection intervals

If you inject your dog twice a day it's probably a slow-acting insulin. It shouldn't be a problem to give an injection earlier once in a while, but I wouldn't give it more than 1,5 hours earlier. Make ...
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Canine insulin injection -- what am I doing wrong?

I don't think you are doing anything wrong, it is an injection and she just isn't liking it. My Labrador is not liking his injections I am new to this too. I am luckier than you as he does not try to ...

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