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Insulin Alert Troubles Owners of Diabetic Pets

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Do you know a pet who is diabetic?  Sleuth the Reporter Dog doesn’t know anyone who is, but his friends at the Veterinary News Network wanted to make sure that everyone finds out about a recent alert concerning insulin for pets.

1) Intervet issued an alert for the Vetsulin® insulin product after it was found that three batches did not meet certain specifications.  Intervet has NOT recalled the product.

2) Because the insulin did not meet those specifications, it is possible that some pets could experience a lack of regulation in their diabetes.  It is also possible that your pet will experience no effects at all.

3) Veterinarians are working to switch diabetic pets from Vetsulin® to other products in order to make sure no pet has any issues.  It is expected that Vetsulin® supplies will be limited for some time.

4) Diabetes is an inability of a pet to utilize their own insulin or lack of enough insulin to help regulate blood glucose levels.  Without this regulation, glucose can’t be used efficiently for the body’s energy needs.

5) Diabetic pets often exhibit excessive thirst, excessive urination and can exhibit weight loss as well.   The pet’s body breaks down fats and proteins in order to meet energy needs.

6) It is important with diabetic pets, as well as any pet on long term medications, to be aware of normal routines.  Small changes can often signify potential problems.

7) Also, because the Internet and social sites have given us almost instantaneous access to news, it is vital to communicate with your veterinarian before giving credence to various Internet rumors.

8) Sadly, this alert was almost missed because the news and the social networks saw more value in discussing a single cat who tested positive for the novel H1N1 virus.

9) Ask your veterinarian if they use social networks to communicate pet health issues and then follow them on that site.

10) Also, www.PetDocsOnCall.com and www.MyVNN.com are trusted sources of accurate and up-to-date pet health information.