Insulin Basics for your Diabetic Cat

hey everyone its Lee here at Griffith

again and I just wanted to talk to you a

little bit about something called feline

diabetic neuropathy and also about

diabetes in a feline patient we recently

had a cat that was left to us a-- here

at the clinic and he is diabetic so

we've been treating him for his diabetes

with daily insulin and i just kind of

wanted to go over the signs of diabetes

and then also giving an insulin

injection what you might notice in your

cat I'm kind of going to gear it towards

cats today some stuff what we're talking

about is our cat here and what you'll

notice in cats when they are symptomatic

of diabetes you may notice them drinking

more urinating more eating more they can

be overweight any of these signs go

ahead make an appointment with your

veterinarian diabetes is pretty easy to

diagnose in the beginning and then it's

just a matter of getting on a good

maintenance dose of insulin for you and

the right type of insulin for your cat

there are different types of insulin and

different sizes of insulin syringes and

that's something that you and your

veterinarian can talk about and decide

at the time I'm going to go ahead and

talk about the insulin handling it does

need to stay refrigerated and you never

shake insulin but you do have to mix it

every time you give it so what we like

to do you can either um take the bottle

and turn it up and down like that or if

it's easier for you you can roll it in

your hands that kind of mixes it and

warms it at the same time usually with

insulin it's a very small needle and a

small amount that you're giving so the

cat doesn't really even know that

they're getting it another good trick

before you give the injection is to get

a plate of food ready for your cat go

ahead and put it in front of them let

them eat while you're giving the insulin

injection that solves two problems one

it keeps them busy so they don't pay

attention to what you're doing and two

they always have to have a

with an insulin injection to level out

that blood sugar so that solves that

problem right there they're already

eating and ready to go so I'm going to

get this insulin ready I'm going to show

you how we draw it up in the syringe and

then I'm going to get door step in here

that's our cat door step and show you

how to give it so when you get your

insulin syringe they will usually have

two caps on them one at the base and one

covering the needle just go ahead and

pop off the one at the base like that

and then go ahead and pop off the one

covering the needle and as you can see I

don't know if you can see from there but

I'll get a close-up for you it's a very

small needle and it's just like and if

you have experience with any injections

it's just like any other injection you

just pierce the top of the bottle with

the needle draw the amount that you need

and door steps on a very small dose so

it's going to be hard to see exactly

that there's really anything in a

syringe for him but the dose is

something that you'll work out with your

veterinarian anyway and it will be

specific to your cat so I'm just going

to show you how to draw it up and how to

give it basically I recap my needle and

then go ahead and get your cat ready

with this food and I'm going to go get

door stuff and get him ready and we'll

be right back to give the injection

so this is doorstep I have his little

plate of food here and his insulin

injection ready to go we've already

dried up they do recommend with cats

that you give your insulin injection

over the rib cage area if that's an

issue for you if there's some reason

that it's easier for you to give it in

the hips or the shoulders then that's

okay to do this is sort of a new

recommendation a new study that they say

it's better absorbed over the ribcage

area that might be something you want to

talk to your veterinarian about if

you're concerned about where to give the

injection they also recommend moving it

around so don't give it in one place

every time if you think about it you may

be doing it twice a day and you don't

want to use the exact same spot because

he'll build up a sore there so you want

to just move it around his rib cage area

so I'm going to go ahead and give him

this food and then we'll get the camera

a little bit closer up so you can see

how we give the injection so long have

to do here it's just over his rib cage

I'm going to tint the skin just a little

bit and it's such a small needle that I

don't have to grab a whole lot of a lot

of skin and I'm just going to push the

needle in a skin and you can feel it

break the surface and then inject push

my plunger down and inject it you're

thinking and then just offer them the

food as a reward and there he's going to

go back to his food some things you want

to look out for if they get a little bit

a low glucose they can be lethargic I'm

not wanting to eat I'm putting him down

I think I mean lethargic not going to

eat not wanting to socialize they can be

hiding anything like that sometimes

they'll just sort of collapse and you

know not really be responsive at all if

anything like that ever happens you want

to get them to your veterinarian right

away because that can be a sign of

glucose and they'll need medical

intervention I know we've been talking

about cats today because we have

doorstep here as a good model but really

all of these directions instructions

symptoms will apply to dogs as well also

just to let you know I'm going to insert

a clip of door step walking he has a

funny gait in his rear what that's

called is feline diabetic neuropathy

that's what happens when diabetes goes

untreated and that the high glucose

levels will cause nerve damage and cats

it's really just a feline symptom you

don't see it in dogs and I thought I'd

be interesting just to show his gait a

little bit and let you see kind of how

that looks as always this video is not

intended to diagnose your cat in any way

if you feel that your cat is exhibiting

some of the symptoms that we've talked

about please call your veterinarian and

make an appointment as always if you

have any questions or would like to see

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thanks for watching bye