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Vetsulin Insulin U-40 Cartridge for VetPen, 2.7-mL, 10-cartridges

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Description

Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is the only FDA-approved veterinary product for the treatment of diabetes mellitus in both dogs and cats. This sterile, injectable porcine insulin zinc solution is prescribed to help control your pet's glucose levels and alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of diabetes. Vetsulin 2.7 mL is specifically formulated to be used with the VetPen Starter Kit injection pen (sold separately), which is designed to help canine companions and feline friends get more accurate doses consistently.

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Uses

Vetsulin is indicated for the reduction of elevated blood sugar and associated signs in dogs and cats with diabetes mellitus. Vetsulin is supplied as a sterile injectable porcine insulin zinc suspension.

Possible Side Effects

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.

Drug & Food Interactions

Vetsulin can be given with other medications, but your veterinarian may adjust your dose depending on insulin requirements. Progestogen and glucocorticoids should be avoided while taking Vetsulin, as they may counter the effect of insulin. Talk to your veterinarian about any other prescriptions, over the counter medications, vitamins, minerals and herbal products your pet is taking before using Vetsulin.

Precautions

Vetsulin should not be used in dogs or cats known to have a systemic allergy to pork or pork products. Vetsulin is contraindicated during periods of hypoglycemia. Keep out of reach of children. As with all insulin products, careful patient monitoring for hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia is essential to attain and maintain adequate glycemic control and prevent associated complications. Overdosage can result in profound hypoglycemia and death. The safety and effectiveness of Vetsulin in puppies and kittens, breeding, pregnant, and lactating dogs and cats has not been evaluated. See the package insert for full information regarding contraindications, warnings, and precautions

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  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
    308898
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Vetsulin
  • For Use With
    Dogs & Cats
  • Generic Name
    Porcine Insulin Zinc Suspension
  • Administration Form
    Injection
  • Product Form
    Injectable
  • Health Condition
    Diabetes
  • Drug Type
    Insulin, Hormone
Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Purified Porcine Insulin (35% Amorphous And 65% 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.

Instructions
Recommended Dosage

Use with the VetPen injection pen, which enables accurate dosing. Follow dosing instructions exactly as given by your veterinarian. Shake the vial thoroughly to a milky, uniform suspension. Make sure all clumps or particles are completely dissolved, and foam formed during shaking has dispersed, before using. Vetsulin should be given with or right after a meal.

Storage Instructions

Store in an upright position under refrigeration at 36° - 46°F. Do not freeze. Protect from light. The loaded VetPen can be stored on its side.

FAQ

What is Vetsulin?

The first and only insulin approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treating both canine and feline diabetes mellitus. Vetsulin (porcine insulin zinc suspension) is produced by Merck Animal Health and is available only by prescription.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of this medication?

if Vetsulin is discontinued or not given as directed, the signs of diabetes will return and life-threatening complications such as ketoacidosis may develop. Therefore, it is important to maintain therapy in a consistent manner and monitor your dog's glucose level correctly.

What happens if I overdose my pet on this medication?

Contact your veterinarian immediately. An animal with signs of hypoglycemia should be treated immediately. Glucose should be given orally or intravenously as dictated by clinical signs. Insulin should be temporarily withheld and, subsequently, the dosage should be adjusted, if indicated.

What is the most important information I should know? Prior to loading vetsulin cartridges, shake the cartridge until a homogeneous, uniformly milky suspension is obtained. Clumps or white particles can form in insulin suspensions: do not use the product if visible clumps or white particles persist after shaking. The detailed instructions for use provided with VetPen should be strictly followed. 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.

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.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving this medication to my pet?

VETSULIN CARTRIDGES SHOULD BE USED EXCLUSIVELY WITH VETPEN AND 29G/12 MM PEN NEEDLES. 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.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    A whole week of insulin in one cartridge

    By Angel on Nov 17, 2021

    Love this insulin for my Vetpen. Once the cartridge is loaded, it's good for a whole week. No more messing about with a syringe and drawing up insulin every day.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    it's safe & easy

    By pepper on Nov 4, 2021

    I've used this product for quite sometime and it is safe and dependable

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Need bigger

    By Buddy on Aug 28, 2021

    Do they have a bigger pen? My dog gets 16 units twice a day and these vials are expensive and they just don't last long enough!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Little Vials Last Longer

    By Remedy373 on May 23, 2021

    Not sure where the other reviewer from 2020 is getting her information, but these little vials are good for 42 days after the first puncture. My cat has been using them since 2018 and we've never had an issue. He's only on 1 unit 2x a day and this little vial suits his needs and saves me money.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    arrived warm

    By warminsulin on Jul 8, 2021

    The insulin arrived with the cooling defrosted and melting and the vials not cool at all.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    chewysmeds

    By duketheman on Jul 15, 2021

    as always everything was great please keep up the good service

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Product is great, packing not so much

    By AmyMo on Jan 26, 2021

    I ordered this insulin because I'm away from home and couldn't go to my vet. I ordered 2 cartridges and they came very quickly. Since they have to be chilled, they came with ice packs. The box they were sent in was at least 12x12x12. The ice packs didn't take up that much room, so I was wondering why they were sent in a huge box.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Chewy to the Rescue!

    By Sadiladi on Dec 2, 2020

    My vet was out of Vetsulin; they were kind enough to call other locations, but no one had it. Chewy did, and I received it the next day. It was less expensive as well. Thank you Chewy!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Insulin cartridge

    By Neice on Oct 1, 2020

    It’s great because they last for a while before replacing, depending on the dosage. Easy to I stall

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Not so much

    By bowlbuds2 on Oct 4, 2020

    The insulin is real but I expected to get a bigger vial. Same price as other sites less volume

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