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Q: Sometimes I can't be home to give one of my cat's shots; is it okay to give it late or early?
Although work and family schedules may make it hard some days to keep to a regular schedule for dosing your cat with insulin, it is critical to do your very best to give doses at 6-12 hour intervals. Giving insulin at intervals less than 12 hours has a very beneficial effect on the regulation of the feline diabetic. This fact is well understood in the area of human diabetes, where patients typically test themselves every few hours and give insulin “as needed” to keep their blood glucose very level. It is keeping the blood glucose “level and low” over an extended period of time that allows the patient to feel well, and return to normal in most cases.

Q: I'm interested in home-testing, but my vet won't let me. What should I do?
Glucometers and test strips are OTC (over-the-counter) items in human pharmacies or online. You do not need your veterinarian’s “permission” to test your cat’s blood glucose. This testing is easy to do and there are a number of online references that clearly show how to perform this simple procedure at home. Millions of humans test their own blood glucose every day using these techniques. No human doctor would even consider discouraging their diabetic patients from keeping close tabs on their own blood glucose at home, in fact, home testing is central to competent management of the human diabetic. The very same principles apply to cats (and dogs, for that matter). If your veterinarian becomes resentful of your caring for your cat in this way, which is rare these days, you may want to find another veterinarian.


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