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3 Mistakes Pet Owners With Diabetic Pets Make

A diabetes diagnosis can be confusing for pet owners. You can help protect your pet’s health–and preserve the precious bond between pets and family members—by avoiding these mistakes.

Mistake No. 1: Diet disasters
For cats, particularly, pet owners sometimes don’t realize the importance of diet changes. Cats eating canned only foods are so much more likely (in our experience) to experience clinical remission versus cats that eat only dry food, or a combo of dry and canned. Even simply overfeeding dry treats can have an impact on these cats. So any little adjustment we can make to tailor the diet towards canned food can be helpful.

Mistake No. 2: Double dipping 
Thankfully double dipping isn’t too common, but it’s of great concern. When in happens it’s often because one person in the household gives the insulin and another person repeats the dose a few hours later, unaware. Either keeping a medication calendar or having the same person dose daily can help to prevent these occurrences.

Mistake No. 3: Sloppy syringe disposal
Improper disposal of syringes is another worry. Local ordinances vary, so ask your veterinarian what’s appropriate for your area. Regardless, needles should be disposed of at home via sharps containers, and afterwards according to your local guidelines.

As always, you can contact us if you have any questions. We are always there for you!

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