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What is Caninsulin for dogs?
Caninsulin is a form of intermediate-acting insulin that is derived from pigs. Caninsulin can be administered to dogs or cats suffering from the condition, diabetes mellitus and acts to lower blood sugar levels. Caninsulin is a POM-V category medicine that is only available with a written prescription from your vet. Online pet pharmacies are only able to supply this medicine upon receipt of the prescription.
How does Caninsulin injection for dogs work?
Caninsulin treats a condition known as diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is caused by an absolute or relative lack of insulin. This means that the pancreas may be unable to produce sufficient insulin to control blood sugar levels, or that the insulin produced in unable to have any effect upon the body (something known as insulin resistance). Some conditions can make an animal more likely to develop diabetes, for example, pancreatic inflammation or pancreatitis can destroy the β islet cells within the pancreas, responsible for the production of insulin. Some conditions can cause your pet’s immune system to behave abnormally and cause destruction of the pancreatic cells responsible for insulin production.
In human medicine, when diabetes is caused by reduced insulin production from the pancreas, it is termed type 1 diabetes. In comparison, being over-weight or obese can increase the likelihood that the insulin naturally produced by the pancreas will not work properly and be ineffective – insulin resistance. This form of diabetes is termed type 2 in human patients.
High blood sugar levels cause glucose to leak into the urine and affected animals often: drink excessively, urinate excessively, lose weight, often appear hungrier, especially in the early course of the disease, become more prone to infections, e.g. urinary infections, skin infections. In circumstances where diabetes has been affecting an animal for a prolonged period of time, animals may: develop cateracts (mainly in dogs), develop neurological conditions (mainly in cats), become rapidly ill and stop eating, vomit, become lethargic and depressed or even collapse as they develop a condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. If your pet starts showing any of these signs, it is essential that you visit your vet in order to rule out many other conditions that may have similar symptoms
What is Caninsulin used for?
The active ingredient in Caninsulin is a purified form of pig insulin, produced by the beta islet of langerhans cells, found within the pig’s pancreas. Insulin triggers an anabolic state in which carbohydrates, proteins and fat is produced. Insulin allows glucose, obtained from food or by the breakdown on protein or glycogen, to be taken up into cells. Glucose is required in relatively higher quantity by the liver, brain and adipose tissue. Diabetes therefore allows glucose to reach higher levels within the blood stream. In diabetic dogs, the action of Caninsulin in blood glucose concentrations, following subcutaneous administration peaks at about 4-8 hours post-injection and lasts for 14-24 hours. In diabetic cats the action of Caninsulin on blood glucose concentrations after subcutaneous administration peaks at about 4-6 hours and lasts for 8-12 hours post-injection.
How is Caninsulin administered?
Caninsulin is given by subcutaneous injection (under the skin). Insulin must be given using the specially designated caninsulin syringes (with red caps). If different syringes are used, the dose of insulin being given to the animal will differ and could potentially cause life-threatening consequences. Caninsulin can also now be delivered using the Vet Pen that makes the process of delivering insulin to your pet simpler and more accurate. It is important that insulin is stored correctly (in the fridge at between 2-8 degrees C) and is only gently agitated (not shaken as this damages the insulin). Insulin should only be given if your pet is eating normally and seems well. If your diabetic pet seems unwell, you should consult a vet immediately.
Caninsulin is available as a white or nearly-white suspension, in 2.5ml or 10ml vials or as a vet pen.
A Veterinary Prescription is Required for Caninsulin
** PLEASE NOTE - We cannot deliver Caninsulin outside the UK as we cannot guarantee it will stay refrigerated during shipping.
Caninsulin Vet Pen (1-16IU) for Diabetic Dogs. The Vet Pen takes the hard work out of medicating dogs with diabetes melitus and allows accurate dosing, even for small dogs. This vet pen is designed for large dogs or dogs on higher doses of insulin. PRESCRIPTION NOT REQUIRED