Initial Consultation after Diabetes Mellitus is Diagnosed

Give the dog owner a thorough explanation about:

  • diabetes mellitus
  • insulin therapy
  • injection technique- see the pet owner site for diagrams and videos about injecting insulin using a syringe, or click here to watch an instructional video for VetPen®.
  • stabilisation (usually takes around 1-2 months and may even take up to 6 months)
  • lifestyle changes (routine, diet and exercise)
  • Weigh the dog
  • Perform a thorough clinical examination to ensure that there are no other underlying diseases or complications.
  • Perform a blood and urine proflie again to ensure that there are no underlying diseases or complications.
  • Calculate the initial insulin dose. Read more about Calculation of initial insulin dosage.
  • Discuss with the owner a daily routine, with regard to insulin injections and meal type and times that suits both them and their dog.

More information for pet owners

MSD Animal Health offers a comprehensive set of support materials for owners.

For a list of useful websites see Links.

Diabetes in dogs - Initial Consultation

Make sure the owner understands that consistent treatment should mean that their pet can live a happy, healthy life. This is crucial: the pet owner's complete cooperation is essential to the success of treatment.