Diabetes in Dogs: The k9diabetes.com Forum

Go Back   Diabetes in Dogs: The k9diabetes.com Forum > Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog

Diabetes Discussion: Your Dog Anything related to your diabetic dog.

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-07-2014, 08:45 AM
mykayla mykayla is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 8
Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

No, the tech just said to start giving it every 24 hours. I think I'm going to call and ask to speak to the vet. Everywhere I read says it works better every 12 hours..
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2014, 08:48 AM
peggy0's Avatar
peggy0 peggy0 is offline
Senior Member and Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,716
Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

Sometimes when they say 17 per day, they don't tell you to split it into 2 doses. It needs to be split into 2 doses with 2 meals. You'll have to see if 17 is enough for a 75 pound dog. Forbin was around that weight and we needed to go up to 23 to get him regulated but did it very slowly. We started around 17 twice a day
Forbin, miss you every day. See you at the bridge Buddy.

Last edited by peggy0; 07-07-2014 at 08:51 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2014, 09:44 AM
momofdecker's Avatar
momofdecker momofdecker is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 3,169
Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

It might help if you ask the vet/vet tech how they arrived at the starting dose. Sorry - I made a mistake in my previous post and have edited it. Here is what the vetsulin.com site recommends for starting dose:

"Starting dose
In dogs, the initial recommended Vetsulin dose is 0.5 IU insulin/kg of body weight. This dose should be given once daily concurrently with or right after a meal."

Further down the article addresses twice daily dosing:

"Twice-daily dosage

If the initial insulin duration of activity proves to be inadequate, begin twice-daily therapy. If twice-daily treatment is initiated, each of the 2 doses should be 25% less than the once-daily dose of Vetsulin required to attain an acceptable nadir.

For example, a 20-kg dog would receive 10 IU of Vetsulin once daily or 7 IU of Vetsulin administered twice daily. See product label for more information."


Sorry for any confusion I may have caused.

Holli & Decker // diagnosed November 5th, 2011 // Journeyed to the bridge January 26th, 2013, surrounded by his family at home // 9 years old // Levemir insulin // Hypothyroid // C1-C5 cervical spinal lesion // weight 87 lbs // Run with the wind my sweet boy. Run pain free. Holding you close in my heart till we meet again!

Last edited by momofdecker; 07-07-2014 at 12:28 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2014, 09:15 PM
Jason Jason is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 5
Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

Make sure you have Corn Syrup handy wherever you go. It will save your pet from a seizure if you catch your pet staggering around or crawling for no reason and just acting out of it. Seeing your pet have a seizure will really break your heart.

Seeing my little girl have a seizure was really scarey and I hope I never have to see her go through that again. I had never seen her have one or was I warned it could happen.

I am very careful now and we still have not got her levels correct because she keeps getting healthier thanks to thyroid meds and she does not need as much insulin. I have to watch her like a hawk now till she gets completely healthy which is coming soon.

Last edited by k9diabetes; 07-08-2014 at 10:08 PM. Reason: Natalie
Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2014, 10:20 PM
k9diabetes's Avatar
k9diabetes k9diabetes is offline
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Northern California
Posts: 11,279
Default Re: New and I think I'm giving too much Vetsulin

Hi Jennifer,

So my preferred starting dose is 1/5 of a unit of insulin per pound given twice a day, every 12 hours, with a meal. No more than 1/4 of a unit per pound - but that's can be too much for a lot of dogs.

In Kayla's case, at 74 pounds, 1/5 of a unit per pound would be 15 units - as Amy noted - and 1/4 of a unit per pound would be 18.5 units.

In both cases, that would bet given twice a day with a meal.


I think you need to discuss the dose with the veterinarian - preferably iin person to review the entire plan for her. Because the vet tech does not appear to know the answer well enough not to have to think about it. Mistakes like this can be deadly...


I absolutely think your dog should be on insulin injections twice a day.

Whether that should be 17 units twice a day or 8.5 units twice a day (total of 17 for the day) would depend on a few things...

- how high her blood sugar is and whether there were any ketones present?

- how long she's likely to have had diabetes prior to it being diagnosed.

Probably my ideal advice would be to start her on maybe 12-13 units of insulin twice a day and see how she does with that.

The more recently the diabetes came on, the more conservative I would be.


Originally Posted by mykayla View Post
HI there

My 12 yr old yellow lab Kayla (74lbs) was just diagnosed Thursday with Diabetes. They wanted me to come in right away to show me how to give her the insulin shots. The vet tech told me to give her 17units every 12 hours. Showed me how and all... and stressed that I had to do it close to every 12 hours. I have been doing so since Friday but I just happened to read the bottle in detail and it says 17units every 24 hours. I'm kind of freaking out because I think I'm giving her too much! I called the emergency vet and they said I should go with what the vet tech said and not what's on the bottle. I need advice for tomorrow as my vet isn't opened till Monday. Should I continue with this dosage or should I start cutting it in half every 12 hours? I'm very new to this and don't want to hurt my dog....

Thanks ahead of time..

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:35 AM.

Disclaimer -- The content on this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. While we make every effort to present information that is accurate and reliable, the views expressed here are not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a licensed veterinarian. Please consult with your veterinarian for specific advice concerning the medical condition or treatment of your pet and before administering any medication or pursuing any course of treatment that you may read about on this site.

The views and opinions expressed by contributors to this forum are strictly their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of the owners, administrators, or moderators of this forum and the k9diabetes.com website.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2009, 2010 k9diabetes.com. All rights reserved.