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I have a 8 year old diabetic cat whom I’ve been giving 5…

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I have a 8 year old diabetic cat whom I’ve been giving 5 units of Lantus twice a day12 hours apart for 8 years! As you probably know it cost almost $300, but it lasts me approximately 3 months! Is there any other cheaper insulin I can give him that wouldn’t compromise his health and how how often and what dose?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. I'm sorry the cat has that. The Expert will know what to do. What is the cat's name?

DG

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about DG?

No, seems really healthy!

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Good evening, Trina. Have you discussed switching up insulins with your vet yet? Is DG well regulated on the Lantus?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
he is regulated!
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Have you discussed switching up insulins with your vet yet?​

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
The vet I have been taking him to moved and started practice elsewhere
Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

So it sounds like you've got two concerns here: 1) finding a new vet and 2) finding a new insulin.

In short, this is not something that can be done over the internet. You'll not only need a vet who can prescribe the insulin but you'll also need to have DG switched over in a practice setting. There is no hard and fast rule for switching cats from one insulin to another. We choose the insulin based on what suits the owner best, ***** ***** giving it in office, perform a glucose curve and once stable numbers have been achieved the pet is then discharged for home care. This is likely the same thing that DG experienced when Lantus was first started to regulate his diabetes. Following this, most vets will want to see a cat back for a glucose curve every 4-6 months following to ensure good regulation and tweak the numbers a bit to ensure the glucose is in the ideal range.

Insulin options to consider include:

  • Humulin-R
  • Humulin-N
  • Vetsulin
  • Levemir

These all tend to be more reasonably priced but the tricky part is in determining how long each vial will last for DG. 5 units of Lantus may translate to higher or lower unit measurements in another insulin based on his response to it.

If you'd like my help finding you a new vet in the area, I'll need your city and state.

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago

Good morning, JACustomer. Checking in. How is your companion doing today? ​

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Cat Veterinarian: PitRottMommy, Veterinary Nurse replied 3 months ago
Hi Trina,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

PitRottMommy
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