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Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is indicated for the reduction of hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in dogs or cats with diabetes mellitus. Insulin for the treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats.

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What is Vetsulin?

Vetsulin, an ideal insulin choice for your canine and feline patients with diabetes.
Vetsulin® (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is indicated for the reduction of hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus.

Who is Vetsulin for?

Dogs and Cats

Why use Vetsulin?

- Vetsulin an ideal insulin choice for your canine and feline patients with diabetes.
- Vetsulin is the only FDA-approved insulin for use in diabetic dogs and cats in the USA.
- Vetsulin® is indicated for the reduction of hyperglycemia and hyperglycemia-associated clinical signs in dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus.

How Vetsulin work?

Porcine insulin is similar in amino acid structure to canine insulin. vetsulin® is classified as intermediate acting insulin. In dogs, vetsulin® has two peaks of activity following subcutaneous administration (the first at around 4 hours and the second at around 11 hours) (1). The duration of activity varies between 14 and 24 hours (1). In cats, the peak activity following subcutaneous administration of vetsulin® occurs between 1.5 and 8 hours (2), and the duration of activity varies between 8 and 12 hours (2). The peak(s), duration of activity and dose required to adequately control diabetic signs will vary between individuals.

Manufacturer:

Merck Animal Health

Active ingredient(s):

Vetsulin® is a sterile aqueous zinc suspension of purified porcine insulin.

How is Vetsulin sold?

Vetsulin® is supplied as a sterile injectable suspension in multidose vials containing either 2.5 mL or 10 mL of 40 IU/mL porcine insulin zinc suspension. Vials are supplied in cartons of one, 10 mL vial and cartons of ten, 2.5 mL vials.

What are the side effects of Vetsulin?

Rarely, allergic reactions to insulin can occur. Seek emergency veterinary medical attention if an allergic reaction is experienced (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue, or face, or hives). Other serious side effects can occur with or without warning. The most common insulin-related side effect is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) with symptoms that include; lethargy, staggering gait, seizure or coma. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet has a medical problem or side effect from Vetsulin therapy. Other side effects may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What special precautions are there?

Animals presenting with severe ketoacidosis, anorexia, lethargy, and/or vomiting should be stabilized with short-acting insulin and appropriate supportive therapy until their condition is stabilized. As with all insulin products, careful patient monitoring for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are essential to attain and maintain adequate glycemic control and prevent associated complications.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your nearest emergency animal hospital.
Overdosage can result in profound hypoglycemia and death. Progestogens, certain endocrinopathies, and glucocorticoids can have an antagonistic effect on insulin activity.

How can I store Vetsulin?

Store in an upright position under refrigeration at 2° to 8° C (36° to 46° F). Do not freeze. Protect from light.

Helpful Tips:

Always read information sheet with each prescription.
USE OF A SYRINGE OTHER THAN AN Intervet Insulin Syringes U-40
SYRINGE WILL RESULT IN INCORRECT DOSING. FOR SUBCUTANEOUS INJECTION IN DOGS AND CATS ONLY

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.
Vetsulin should be mixed by gentle rolling of the vial prior to withdrawing the dose from the vial. Using a U-40 insulin syringe, the injection should be administered subcutaneously, 2 to 5 cm (3/4 to 2 in) from the dorsal midline, varying from behind the scapulae to the mid-lumbar region and alternating sides.
 
Vetsulin Dogs
The initial recommended vetsulin® dose is 0.5 IU insulin/kg body weight. Initially, this dose should be given once daily concurrently with, or right after a meal.
The veterinarian should re-evaluate the dog at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose based on clinical signs, urinalysis results, and glucose curve values until adequate glycemic control has been attained. In the US clinical study, glycemic control was considered adequate if an acceptable blood glucose curve was achieved (reduction in hyperglycemia and a nadir of 60 - 160 mg/dL), clinical signs of hyperglycemia (polyuria, polydipsia, and ketonuria) were improved, and hypoglycemia (blood glucose < 50 mg/dL) was avoided. Twice daily therapy should be initiated if the duration of insulin action is determined to be inadequate. If twice daily treatment is initiated, the two doses should be 25% less than the once daily dose required to attain an acceptable nadir. For example, if a dog receiving 20 units of vetsulin® once daily has an acceptable nadir but inadequate duration of activity, the vetsulin® dose should be changed to 15 units twice daily.
Further adjustments in dosage may be necessary with changes in the dog's diet, body weight, or concomitant medication, or if the dog develops concurrent infection, inflammation, neoplasia, or an additional endocrine or other medical disorder.
 
Vetsulin Cats
The initial recommended dose in cats is 1 to 2 IU per injection. The injections should be given twice daily at approximately 12 hour intervals. For cats fed twice daily, the injections should be given concurrently with, or right after each meal. For cats fed ad libitum, no change in feeding schedule is needed. The veterinarian should re-evaluate the cat at appropriate intervals and adjust the dose based on clinical signs, urinalysis results, and glucose curve values until adequate glycemic control has been attained.
Further adjustments in dosage may be necessary with changes in the cat's diet, body weight, or concomitant medication, or if the cat develops concurrent infection, inflammation, neoplasia, or an additional endocrine or other medical disorder.
Each mL contains: purified porcine insulin (30% amorphous and 70% crystalline) 40 IU
Zinc (as chloride)……………………………………………………………….0.08 mg
Sodium acetate trihydrate………………………………………………...1.36 mg
Sodium chloride…………………………………………………………………..7.0 mg
Methylparaben (preservative)……………………………………………..1.0 mg
pH is adjusted with hydrochloric acid and/or sodium hydroxide.

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The Vet recommended Novolin N1 Answer

How many units does a 10ml vial provide?1 Answer

vetsulin needs to be refridgerated. How do you ship the product to keep it cold during shipping?1 Answer

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is the vetsulin the same as the humulin? My vet doesn't want me to get it0 Answer

The Vet recommended Novolin N1 Answer

Our miniature dachshund is diabetic we recently found out. She recommended Novolin N.... any thoughts on this?
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Vesulin is FDA approved for the treatment of diabetes in dogs and cats. However, your vet may recommend an alternative such as Novolin N. Please consult with your veterinarian to see if it is a suitable alternative for your pet before ordering..
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How many units does a 10ml vial provide?1 Answer

Our minpin takes 7 units, twice a day, so I'm trying to figure out how often we'd need to order.
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According to the Manufacturer, “Vetsulin is supplied as a sterile injectable suspension in multidose vials containing 10 mL of 40 IU/mL porcine insulin zinc suspension.” This information is accurate at the time that this reply was written. Use as directed. Please consult with your veterinarian before administering..
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vetsulin needs to be refridgerated. How do you ship the product to keep it cold during shipping?1 Answer

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This is our line for shipping cold items. How do we pack your Vaccines/ Refrigerated items ? Vaccines are packaged on ice packs in an insulated styrofoam box. When properly packaged and shipped, vaccines and refrigerated items can arrive safely to you, even in the hot summer days. Please note that the ice packs may be melted when you receive your package, but they have done the job of protecting the vaccines during shipment. How do we ship your Vaccines / Refrigerated items ? During check out Please select "Vaccines/ Refrigerated items" for shipping method. Vaccines and temperature sensitive items will be shipped Next Day Air and packed with ice packs. Refrigerated items are shipped Monday through Thursday, unless Saturday delivery is requested with customer service and available in your area. Saturday delivery has an extra charge. Shipping cost will be calculated during check out and based on average weight of the vaccines and the ice packs. International orders will need to select USPS Global or Fedex International. When do vaccines ship? Orders shipping within the U.S. ship Monday through Thursday ONLY. Orders received after 3:00 pm EST Thursday will ship the following Monday. Orders that are shipped Internationally ship Monday through Wednesday ONLY. Orders received after 3:00 pm EST Wednesday will ship the following Monday. If there are other items in the order, those items may be subject to ground shipping unless you instruct us otherwise. These rates apply only to vaccines shipped within the contiguous United States. We are unable to accept returned Vaccines due to federal and state laws..
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What is the shelf life on Vetsulin once it's used for the first time?1 Answer

In speaking with a Pharmacist about Humulin, they said that once it's used the first time the shelf life is approx 28 days regardless if there is medicine left in the bottle. Is that true with Vetsulin?
10 Months 4 Weeks 1 Days ago
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According to the manufacturer, Vetsulin should be used within 42 days of first puncture.This information is accurate at the time that this reply was written. This medication requires a prescription from a veterinarian. This medication is shipped cold. Please consult with your veterinarian before administering. Use as directed..
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7 Months 1 Weeks 1 Days ago
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Yes! Vetsulin does require a prescription from a veterinarian. This information is accurate at the time that this reply was written. Please consult with your veterinarian before administering. Use as directed. This medication ships cold..
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Recommended by our vet to make sure online pharmacy Vetsulin is made in USA & expiration dates are good (will need 3 vials). Can this be verified before I purchase?1 Answer

2 Months 3 Weeks ago
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The Vetsulin (VETS01) we carry is made in Germany. Our current inventory has an expiration date of 2/2018. This information is accurate at the time that this reply was written. This medication requires a prescription from a veterinarian. Please consult with your veterinarian before administering. Use as directed. This item ships cold..
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