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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  More than 30 years of companion animal practice.
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Diabetic. Can no longer get Vetsulin and want to switch to

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Diabetic. Can no longer get Vetsulin and want to switch to Novolin N. He is currently receiving 11 IU BID of Vetsulin. What's the Novolin equivalent?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sorry the dog has that. The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Fritz
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Fritz?
Customer: He has had seizures in the past, but has been controlled with Phenobarb.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 3 months ago.


I am sorry to hear that Fritz is diabetic.

I would not switch unless you have to. We can still get Vetsulin, and it is available:

If you switch to Novolin, you will have to start over regulating him. He may or may not do well on it. If you switch, I need to know his weight to recommend a dose, but basically I would start at a lower dose than the 11 U you are giving, and then do a blood sugar reading a few days after starting it to decide whether to lower or raise the dose.

Let me know if this helps, and what other questions you have.