Implementing the 2018 AAHA Diabetes Management Guidelines into your practice

Ready to improve your practice’s diabetes management game? AAHA’s newly revised Diabetes Management Guidelines feature a robust resource center full of mobile-friendly tools and educational materials to empower practitioners and pet owners alike.

For your team:

  • 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.

For your clients:

  • 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.

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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