Converting feline patients to Vetsulin
- Evaluate reason for switching insulin products. Is the cat adequately regulated on its current insulin or is one of the following factors causing problems:
- Is human error occurring?
- Is the insulin out of date, improperly stored, or misused?
- Does the cat have a concurrent disorder?
- After identifying any resolvable issues and ruling out possible concurrent disorders, simply discontinue use of the current insulin and begin administration of Vetsulin® (porcine insulin zinc suspension) at 1 to 2 IU per injection, twice daily.
- Evaluate your patient 2 to 4 weeks after starting Vetsulin or earlier if clinical signs of hypoglycemia develop. Check factors including water consumption, urine frequency and volume, activity level, and weight changes.
- Generate serial blood glucose curve to determine if patient has achieved good regulation or if any of the following problems have developed:
- Poor regulation
- Somogyi overswing
- If clinical signs of polyuria, polydipsia, and weight loss have not resolved, you may need to increase the cat’s dose by 1 IU per injection.
To learn more, read the Transitioning Feline Patients with Diabetes Mellitus to Vetsulin® conversion chart.