my friend at work took her dog to the vet today, only to find out it had diabetes (in the 500 level). She was told it would be $500.00 a month for the insulin which due to her husbands recent injury, she doesn't have. She was very upset and doesn't want it to be put to sleep, but unfortunately has few options at this time. Can anyone help with suggestions and also has anyone tried any of the herbal solutions offered online? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
what kind of dog does she have that it would cost 500 dollars a month to give it insulin? a bottle of insulin costs thirty dollars. i am not sure on the price of the insulin syringes bit they come a hundred to a box. so that right there is 2 months worth of syringes. even if she went thru a bottle a week and bought 1 box of syringes a month nowhere near 500$. it may cost her 500 initially to have the dog hospitalized for regulation but if she can't afford that then she can do it on an outpatient basis. please respond.
it's a lab mix, and yes I thought that seemed like an awful lot too, but I personally don't have any experience in the matter so I thought I'd "call for help". I'll talk to her again tomorrow and can gather more information then. I was just trying to find some positive information for her as I do know how traumatic it can be to lose a pet.
most vets will admit an animal into the hospital for about three days for insulin regulation. they give a dose of insulin based on the animals weight and the initial sugar level. throughout the day they take blood and test it to see where the sugar level has dropped. when the sugar level "peaks" which is where the level has dropped to its lowest and then starts to go back up determines if they need a higher or lower dose of the insulin. if your friend cannot afford to hospitalize her dog for the regulation the doctor can base the initial dose on the dogs weight and have her come in 2x a week for a sugar level check. most insulins peak around 8 hours so she can take the dog in roughly eight hours after giving the shot to see where the level is. adjustments can also be made according to reduction in water drinking, etc. this is not the preferred method as there is some room for miscalculations but it is better than euthanizing her dog. keep us posted. maybe she can afford 1 day in the hospital drop off in am and pick up at night. that way the vet can see where the level drops and then she can go from there.