While a diabetes diagnosis might be a routine part of your day, it can be devastating news for a pet owner—especially when they learn all that is involved in keeping their pet out of crisis.

Demystify at-home diabetes management and empower owners of newly diagnosed dogs and cats with brief educational videos that offer step-by-step instructions on insulin administration and blood glucose monitoring.

  • How to administer insulin to your dog/cat: This video will help caregivers of diabetic dogs and cats feel confident when administering insulin using a syringe and needle, providing simple tricks and tips to make this crucial component of diabetes management as easy as possible. 
  • How to test your dog/cat’s blood glucose at home: In less than three minutes, caregivers of diabetic dogs and cats will learn simple tips on how to safely and comfortably obtain a small blood sample from their pet to measure their blood glucose (sugar) levels. While this procedure takes only seconds to perform, it provides an immeasurable benefit to the pet, as they can be more accurately monitored in the comfort of their home.

The videos are the latest additions to AAHA’s newly revised Diabetes Management Guidelines resource center. Other mobile-friendly tools and educational materials for both practitioners and pet owners include:

  • Home care diary template: This diary allows caregivers to collect important information to help guide their veterinarian’s treatment decisions for their diabetic pet. It can be printed out or filled in electronically.
  • Educational handouts: Ensure your clients are ready to tackle their pet’s treatment plan with handouts on insulin administration, diabetic remission in cats, and the top things pet owners should know about the Diabetes Management Guidelines. AAHA has also updated its Diabetes in Pets brochure to include information from the 2018 guidelines, now available for purchase at
  • Home monitoring mobile apps: Using mobile devices, pet owners can track their diabetic pet’s response to treatment, as well as other useful parameters.
  • Diabetic discharge instructions template: Use this convenient, customizable template to quickly create thorough discharge instructions for your diabetic patients.
  • Tips and tricks for anesthetizing diabetic dogs and cats: Increase your confidence in anesthetizing diabetic patients by incorporating these ideas into your practice.
  • Interpreting glucose curves: Quickly review examples of and treatment suggestions for optimal canine and feline glucose curves, persistent hyperglycemia, short duration of action insulin, and hypoglycemia-induced hyperglycemia (Somogyi).
  • Quick-reference monitoring algorithms: Use these helpful charts to monitor blood glucose levels, manage hyperglycemia, and troubleshoot problems in diabetic patients.

The 2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats are supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and Merck Animal Health. Find these resources and more online at

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