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What happens if you give your dog too much insulin (double

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What happens if you give your dog too much insulin (double dose)?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 7 years ago.
Thanks for your question -- you really need to get your dog over to an emergency veterinarian right away, so that he can be closely monitored overnight for low blood sugar levels - we typically start insulin overdose patients on an IV drip containing glucose, to prevent any problems associated with the insulin overdose. In addition, Glucagon can be administered to offset some of the insulin overdose - this is available at most pharmacies for human diabetics, the ER veterinarian should be able to get some if they don't stock it in the clinic.