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Vetsulin, manufactured by Merck Animal Health, is zinc porcine insulin approved by the FDA to be used in felines and canines with diabetes mellitus.
WHAT THIS PRODUCT CURES
Vetsulin is used to cure hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia related clinical signs of cats with Diabetes Mellitus.
Diabetes mellitus refers to the absence of insulin which is normally produced by the endocrine system of the pancreas. Insulin is an essential hormone of the body, needed to aid in cellular functions. In the body, insulin allows glucose to enter the cells which is the key component for manufacturing energy. If allowed into the cell, glycogen, proteins, and fatty acids will be broken down to be used by the body. With the absence of insulin to enter the cell, allowing glucose inside, the glucose will build up in the blood causing an overload to the kidneys.
There are two subcategories for diabetes; insulin resistant diabetes and insulin deficient diabetes. Insulin resistant diabetes is usually caused by a hormonal drug or medical condition which transforms the body to resist the needed insulin. Insulin deficient diabetes is a destruction of the cells which produce the insulin; these cells are part of the pancreas.
Diabetes mellitus takes over the body quickly and tends to affect the cats of older age, which makes a veterinary visit at the at most importance. A cat affected by this condition will display a number of symptoms and signs of contraction. The signs to look for include; loss of body weight, increased thirst, excessive hunger and increased urination. After time the symptoms will worsen resulting in vomiting, lethargy, depression and anorexia. Signs the veterinarian will take note of are; infection of the kidney or bladder, obesity, enlarged liver, and cataracts of the eye.
Pet aliments of a cat with Diabetes Mellitus include; loss of body weight, excessive hunger, increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting, depression, lethargy, anorexia, obesity, infection of the kidney or bladder, cataracts of the eye, and an enlarged liver.
PETS WITH ALIMENTS
RELATIVE INFO ON BREED MOST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS AILMENT
Experts report every 1 in 500 cats are diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus. Male cats, cats which are overweight and those of older age have all been reported at a higher risk. Only one breed has been reported to develop Diabetes commonly than others, the Burmese cat.
QUESTIONS FOR MY VET
1. What factors cause Diabetes in felines?
Experts are unsure as to the exact cause of Diabetes but studies have shown medications, disease, and genetics all play a role is Diabetes.
2. Are some cats at a higher risk for Diabetes than others?
Male felines, older felines, and those which are overweight are at a higher risk to develop Diabetes.
3. How does my veterinarian evaluate a Diabetic condition?
Clinical signs, urinary and blood analysis will determine a diabetic condition. An enlarged liver can also point to Diabetes.
4. Aside from the insulin injections, what else will I need to chance to aid my cat’s Diabetes?
Veterinarians commonly prescribe a high fiber diet for Diabetic cats.
5. When should I administer the insulin to my cat?
Administer injections every day at the same time, coinciding with meals.
6. Can feline Diabetes be prevented?
Yes, proper diet and exercise can help in preventing diabetes.
Keep product out of the hands of children.
Product is not intended for human use.
Product is to be used with veterinary consent.
Read the entire content of the label before each use.
Products handled improperly can become hazardous to both humans and animals. Read label instructions carefully and follow accordingly.
PET: Not to be used in pregnant or lactating females.
HUMANS: ingestion. Accidental ingestion may cause hypoglycemia in humans. Avoid eye and skin contact. Seek medical attention immediately if injection occurs.
If Swallowed: Immediately contact a poison control center to be instructed of the situation. Offer water to affected person if said person is in a state of consciousness. Do not encourage the individual to vomit unless instructed by a medical physician.
If in eyes: If product residue affects the eyes, keep the affected eye open while flushing said eye with water. If individual wears contact lenses, remove the contact and continue flushing eye for five minutes. Continue to cleanse the eye for 20 minutes and contact a medical physician if irritation occurs.
If on skin or clothing: Remove the contaminated clothing immediately and begin washing the skin for 20 minutes. Continue to cleanse the skin with soap and water as you seek advice from a medical professional.
Storage and disposal
Storage: Refrigerate at a temperature between 37-45 degrees F.
Disposal: Dispose un-used or empty containers as directed on the label. Never re-use containers and always recycle or dispose. If you have any questions, contact your local medical waste agency for directions or contact 1-800-CLEANUP for additional information.
BRAND VS GENERIC COMPARISON
Generic products contain the same active ingredients as their brand name comparisons. Brand name comparisons may be more costly than generic brands, but storage regulations are strictly followed. Through proper storage and good handling, generic equivalents work at the same effect rate as name brand products.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Roll medication bottle between hands in order to mix solution. DO NOT SHAKE.
Use U-40 syringe for administration.
Puncture top portion of bottle with syringe needle.
Tip bottle downward and pull needle plunger back to appropriate markings.
Give medication subcutaneously (under skin).
Locate the scruff between the shoulder blades of the cat/dog.
Insert needle in one side of scruff and inject.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Dogs 0.5 IU insulin/kg
Cats 1 to 2 IU per injection
Methylparaben 1.0 mg
Sodium chloride 7.0 mg
Sodium acetate trihydrate 1.36 mg
Zinc 0.08 mg
purified porcine insulin 65% crystalline, 35% amorphous
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