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Sometimes, if these potential issues aren’t addressed or your pet’s condition is refractory, your pet may continue to require high insulin dosages. This condition is called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance occurs when a pet’s body fails to respond to the normal actions of the administered insulin. Dosages of insulin that suggest insulin resistance are greater than one unit of insulin per pound of body weight per injection for a dog and greater than six to eight units of insulin per injection for a cat. If insulin resistance is present, a further investigation for additional medical conditions is warranted. Whether you and your pet are managing diabetes well or if you are dealing with some of the issues outlined above, the most important thing is to stay in close contact with your veterinarian. He or she will make sure you have all the information and tools necessary in order to optimally manage your pet’s diabetes. While diabetes can seem like a daunting disease to manage at home, with the proper support, you can do it!
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