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My friend was hospitalized on an emergency basis. She has a

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My friend was hospitalized on an emergency basis. She has a kitty that requires insulin injections, 1x daily, 16 units. I went to her house today and attempted to feed and medicate him. He is hiding and I need to go back later today. What signs should I look for if I cannot get his injection successfully administered today. Dee
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Strange behavior is often perplexing. I'm sure the Veterinarian can help you. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Dee?
Customer: How much time can safely lapse without him getting a regular injection?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. If he just missed 1 injection, you most likely won't see any changes in his behavior, but if this continues over the next couple days, he will most likely start drinking and urinating a lot. He may even start to lose some weight, but that will take weeks to months. If the diabetes really gets out of control, though, he will probably stop eating, start vomiting and be very lethargic. The problem is that even if you can get the injection into him, you need to make sure that he is eating. If he is not eating, and he receives the injection, he could develop low blood sugar and go into hypoglycemic shock. If he is not eating, or you cannot get the injection into him, it may be best to have him stay at the veterinary hospital for a couple days at least. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Expert:  Dr. John replied 11 months ago.

Hello. I was following up to see how your friend's kitty was doing and to see if you have any further questions.