A diagnosis of diabetes can be stressful for both the dog and its owner. If an owner is willing to put forth some time and effort in monitoring the dog's condition on a daily basis, a diabetic dog can live many normal, happy and healthy years.
Take the insulin out of the refrigerator.
Roll the vial of insulin gently between the palms of your hands. This warms the insulin, which makes the injection less painful for the dog.
Take the needle guard off of the syringe.
Turn the vial stopper side down.
Insert the needle of the syringe into the vial through the rubber stopper.
Flush any air out of the syringe. Pull the plunger back, draw in some insulin, and then push the plunger back in, allowing the air and insulin out of the needle and back into the vial. Repeat this step twice.
Extract the prescribed dose of insulin into the syringe from the upside down vial.
Thump the syringe gently to insure no bubbles are formed in the insulin dose.
Replace the needle guard over the needle.
Return the insulin vial to the refrigerator.
Administer the Insulin
Place your dog on a table, counter top or kneel on the floor next to your dog so you are at the same level.
Remove the needle guard from the needle.
Hold the needle with one hand and gently pick up a fold of the dog's skin with the opposite hand. Squeeze and pull the skin away from the dog's body to form the shape of a triangle or tent.
Inject the needle through the dog's skin near the base of the "tent" at about a 45 degree angle and press the plunger with your thumb. Be sure that the needle does not come out the other side of the skin.
Replace the needle guard and dispose of the needle in a puncture resistant container.
Reward your dog with a veterinarian approved treat and a big hug.
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