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How to Give Insulin to a Dog

Dog Insulin Injections: Making Them Easier on You and Your Dog

Injecting your dog with insulin may seem daunting at first, but there are ways to make it easier for you and your dog. Here are tips:

  • Stay calm. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your dog will be. Take a few deep breaths to calm yourself before you give your dog insulin.
  • Create positive associations. You might try giving your dog insulin while he's eating a meal or favorite snack.
  • Teach basic commands. If your dog knows -- and obeys -- commands to sit and stay, it can make it much easier for you to give him an insulin injection quickly. And, of course, this makes the whole process easier for your dog, too.
  • Ask for help. If giving your dog insulin isn't going well, consult with your veterinarian, who will be able to help you come up with a routine that minimizes discomfort and maximizes your pet's health.

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